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Check your cupboards for these two brands of flour before making Christmas cookies

Two different companies have recalled specific lots of flour due to the potential presence of E.coli. To determine if your flour is affected by this recall, locate the Use By and Lot Code information on the bottom back panel of the 5 lb. bag. Used By date and Lot Code, along with their location on the bag, must all match the information provided in order to represent flour affected by this recall.

First, UNFI announced a voluntary national recall of 5 lb. bags of its Wild Harvest Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached, with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli. During routine FDA sampling of the 5 lb. bag product, results were found to be positive for E.coli.

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Recall of Wild Harvest Organic All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached, with a Code of AA BEST IF USED BY 010820 CC 15:58 and UPC Code 711535509158. Source: FDA

To date, UNFI has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of care.

Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the product affected by this recall. Consumers with questions may contact UNFI at 855-423 2630 (customer support is available seven days-a-week between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST). Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Second, Hodgson Mill of Effingham, IL, announced a voluntary national recall of specific lots of its 5lb. Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour. The only product affected by this voluntary recall is: Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour 5 lb. UPC 0-71518-05009-2—Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020 with lot codes listed Lot# 001042 & 005517

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Recall on Hodgson Mill Unbleached All-Purpose White Wheat Flour (5 lb.) UPC 0-71518-05009-2—Best By Date 10-01-2020 and 10-02-2020 with lot codes listed Lot# 001042 & 005517. Source: FDA

They are taking this voluntary precautionary step because of the potential presence of pathogenic E. coli, which was discovered through sampling raw uncooked flour. Hodgson Mill has not received any confirmed reports of illnesses related to this product.

Consumers with questions may contact Hodgson-Mill Flour company customer service M-F 9am to 3pm at 1-888-417-9343

E. coli can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in infants, older people, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. The most common symptoms of E. coli are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, which develop within three or four days of eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts about a week and most people recover without treatment. Guidance from FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour and that all surfaces, hands, and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

Consumers who have purchased either of these flour products, with specific lot codes, are urged to stop using the product immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.