Aldi has issued a voluntary recall of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour sold at locations throughout the northeastern U.S. due to possible E. coli contamination.
The five-pound bags of flour come from an ADM Milling Co. production facility in Buffalo, New York. They bear the UPC code 041498130404 and were sold at Aldi stores in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
The recall is voluntary, and out of extreme caution, it applies to all used-by dates and all lots from bags sold in those states. If you have an affected bag, you should throw it out immediately or return it to the store for a full refund.
Consumers with questions can call ADM Milling Co. Customer Service at 800-422-1688 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central.
The recall comes after the Rhode Island Department of Health announced that testing by a state laboratory found E. Coli in one of the bags of flour. The department tweeted about the health advisory they issued:
— RI Dept. of Health (@RIHEALTH) May 22, 2019
According to the department’s advisory, symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. People typically get sick within three to four days of consuming an affected food. While most people recover within a week, an infection can sometimes lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure or stroke, and can even be fatal. If you feel you may have an E. coli infection, you should seek medical care.
In general, raw flour should never be consumed, as it’s meant to be cooked to kill the germs that cause an E. coli infection. Back in December 2018, the CDC issued a statement reminding consumers to avoid eating raw dough or batter to avoid illness.
“The bacteria are killed when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter — whether made from recalled flour or any other flour,” read the CDC statement.