Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Flour

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Posted June 7, 2023

This outbreak is over. Learn what you can do to prevent getting sick from flour.

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 14
  • Hospitalizations: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 13
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Closed
Photo of 4 flour bags that are part of the recall.
Recalled Food

On April 28, 2023, General Mills voluntarily issued a nationwide recall of 2-pound, 5-pound, and 10-pound bags of Gold Medal Bleached and Unbleached All-Purpose Flour with “Better if Used By” dates of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024. The recalled products included the following Package Universal Product Codes (UPC):

Recalled Product Package UPC
The recalled products include the following Package Universal Product Codes (UPC)
Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5 lb bag) 000-16000-19610
Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (10 lb bag) 000-16000-19580
Gold Medal Bleached All-Purpose Flour (2 lb bag) 000-16000-10710
Gold Medal Bleached All-Purpose Flour (5 lb bag) 000-16000-10610
What You Should Do
  • Do not use any recalled flour. Throw it away or return it to where you bought it.
    • If you stored recalled flour in another container, throw the flour away and wash the container thoroughly with warm water and soap before using it again.
  • Bake
    • Always bake or cook food made with any brand of raw flour, like cookie dough or cake batter, before eating it. Do not bake or cook recalled flour.
    • Follow the recipe or package instructions for cooking or baking flour that hasn’t been recalled. Use the temperature and cooking time given in the recipe or instructions.
    • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Clean
    • Wash any bowls, utensils, and surfaces that touched raw flour with warm water and soap.
    • Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after using raw flour.
  • Separate
    • Keep raw flour, dough, and batter separate from foods that won’t be cooked.
  • Call a healthcare provider right away if you or your child have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up
What Businesses Should Do
  • Do not sell recalled flour.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled flour.
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
    • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page