King Arthur Flour issued a recall for more than 85,000 bags of all-purpose flour due to E. coli concerns this week. The flour is made from wheat from the ADM Milling Company, which has been linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak in the U.S. Though none of the cases reported so far have been traced back to King Arthur flour, the product is being taken off the market as a precaution.
Flour sold directly through King Arthur's catalog, website and retail store in Norwich is not included in the recall.
The select five-pound bags of the unbleached all-purpose flour were distributed to retailers nationwide including Target and Walmart. Customers with any questions regarding this recall or King Arthur Flour products are encouraged to call the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline 7 days a week/24 hours a day at 866-797-9178.
The Vermont-based company says in a Thursday, June 13 news release the recall is in cooperation with ADM Milling Co. Baking, frying or boiling will kill the bacteria, but consumers should also wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils after they come in contact with raw flour, the company said.
Anyone who has purchased the product should refrain from eating it and should either throw it in the garbage or bring it back to where they bought it, the announcement said. Symptoms typically include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Most people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.
This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults.