General Mills has issued a voluntary recall of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour due to the potential presence of salmonella. The recall affects only the five-pound bags with a “better if used by” date of April 20, 2020. The company stated that the recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution and that no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. The product was sold nationwide.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While most people recover within a few days without medical treatment, some cases can be severe enough to require hospitalization.
Customers who have purchased the recalled product should dispose of it and contact General Mills Consumer Relations for a replacement or a full refund. The company advises that customers who have recently used the product and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps should seek medical attention immediately.
This recall serves as a reminder of the importance of food safety and the need for consumers to be aware of the products they are purchasing and consuming. It also highlights the responsibility of food manufacturers to ensure the safety of their products and take action when potential issues arise.
It is important for consumers to regularly check for recalls and to take immediate action if they have purchased a recalled product. By being vigilant and informed, we can all work together to promote food safety and protect ourselves and our families from potential health risks.