Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the kitchen...it happens...

General Mills, the maker of Gold Medal flour, has recalled 5-pound bags of its unbleached all-purpose flour for possible E. coli O26 contamination, the FDA announced on Monday.

The bags of flour have an expiration date of Sept. 6, 2020. The package UPC is: 016000 196100.

General Mills said the recall is out of an abundance of caution, there have been no reports of illness.

Those with recalled products are encouraged to throw out the flour, and contact General Mills at 1-800-230-8103.

The FDA added that no flour so be consumed raw and that fully cooking flour kills E. coli.

"Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O26 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration," the FDA said. "Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness."


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