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King Arthur Flour Announces Recall

Wheat was linked to E.coli outbreak
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2019 12:05 AM CDT
In this Monday, Aug. 27, 2013 photo, flour lines the shelves at King Arthur Flour Co. in Norwich, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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(Newser) – King Arthur Flour has recalled 14,218 cases of flour—around 114,000 5-pound bags—over potential E.coli contamination. The recall affects unbleached all-purpose flour sold through Target, Walmart, and distributors nationwide, USA Today reports. The company says no illnesses have been linked to the flour, but it is recalling it because it has been informed by ADM Milling that some of the wheat used has been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections. "Customers have trusted King Arthur Flour products in their kitchens for over 225 years and that’s why we have issued this voluntary recall," the company says.

E. coli causes "diarrheal illness often with bloody stools," the FDA says. "Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome." The recall affects the following lot codes and "Best Used By" dates, which can be found on the bottom of the side panel on the bags of flour, below the nutrition information:

  • BEST USED BY 12/07/19 LOT: L18A07C
  • BEST USED BY 12/08/19 LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B
  • BEST USED BY 12/14/19 LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C
(Last month, the CDC announced another flour recall in 11 states.)

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