January 25, 2019

This is a good reminder of why you should never eat raw flour.

This story originally appeared on by Andrea Beck.

It's time to check your pantry once again, this time for Gold Medal Unbleached Flour. General Mills announced a recall of the product after a sample tested positive for salmonella. The company is also reminding consumers not to eat raw flour.

The voluntary recall is for 5-lb. bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour, with the UPC number 000-16000-19610-0, and a "better if used by" date of April 20, 2020. No other products are included in the recall, and so far, no illnesses have been reported.

General Mills hasn't announced how many bags or pounds of flour are included in the recall, but they're urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled flour, and throw it out if they have any. Additionally, General Mills is reminding consumers that flour isn't a "ready-to-eat" ingredient. Any recipe you make with flour needs to be cooked or baked before eating, because salmonella is killed by heat. And yes, that includes cookie dough, even egg-free recipes.

To avoid cross-contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also recommends properly washing your hands and any surfaces or utensils that have come into contact with raw flour or dough while you're cooking. And if you're craving edible cookie dough, be sure to use a flour that's safe to eat raw, like almond or coconut flour.

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