NORWICH, VERMONT, U.S. — Flour sourced from an Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) flour mill in Buffalo, New York, U.S., has been linked to another recall.
King Arthur Flour, Inc. on June 13 said it is voluntarily recalling 14,218 cases of 5-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of E. coli. The recalled flour was distributed nationwide to retailers such as ShopRite, Target and Walmart. The recall does not include any products sold through the King Arthur Flour web site, Baker’s Catalogue or the Baker’s Store in Norwich.
“King Arthur has been informed by ADM Milling Co. that certain wheat used to make these lots of King Arthur flour has been linked to an ongoing outbreak of E. coli infections,” King Arthur Flour said. “No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with King Arthur flour.”
Noting that “consumer safety is our top priority,” King Arthur Flour said it is pulling the flour to prevent potential illnesses.
“We are committed to educating and reminding consumers that flour is not ready-to-eat, and anything made with flour must be baked before eating,” the company said. “Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour, and to never eat raw dough or batter.”
King Arthur’s announcement comes less than a month after Aldi recalled its Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour sold at retail locations in the northeastern United States, citing the potential presence of E. coli. ADM said the King Arthur flour recall is part of the scope of the recall announced in May when Aldi’s product, also sourced from ADM’s Buffalo, New York, mill, was pulled from shelves.
As part of the Aldi recall, 17 people were infected from 8 states, with 3 hospitalizations and no deaths, according to a May 24 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.