Salmonella-Contaminated Gold Medal Flour Is Being Recalled

General Mills' statement may necessitate early pantry spring-cleaning. Gold Medal voluntarily recalled some unbleached and bleached all-purpose flours under FDA instruction.

The countrywide ruling affects 2-lb, 5-lb, and 10-lb flour sacks with best by dates of March 27 and 28, 2024. Salmonella concerns prompted the voluntary recall.

General Mills stated on April 28 that Salmonella Infantis "is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing, or boiling products made with flour," but that does not prevent raw flour from touching surfaces, utensils, or hands.

In a multi-state salmonella epidemic connected to tainted flour, the CDC reported numerous hospitalizations earlier this year. Flour, especially uncooked dough or batter, was the common connection.

The research advised people to buy heat-treated flour and boil dishes thoroughly to eliminate microorganisms. Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach discomfort. If infection is detected, get medical treatment and avoid the meal.

Recalls affect numerous industries, from produce to packaged goods. The FDA and CDC provide product safety advice. Salmonella may be traced to eggs or poultry, but flour is more difficult.

North Carolina State University associate professor and food safety specialist highlighted dry food salmonella outbreaks in Live Science. Professor stated dry heat can maintain salmonella germs, making it a more persistent infection setting.

The harvest or manufacturing procedure may not affect flour. Flour bacteria are more resistant in dry, hot conditions.

The CDC advises easy ways to prevent the transmission of germs that may not be visible or smellable.

"Clean, separate, cook, and chill" are aimed to improve kitchen procedures. Consumers must trust the manufacturing chain, but everyone may help with safer handling.

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