A recall for ALDI Baker’s Corner flour has been expanded to include all 5-pound bags for potential E. coli contamination. The recall is in conjunction with an E. coli O26 outbreak that has sickened 17 people in eight states.
The initial recall, issued May 23, 2019, included 5-pound bags with Lot L18A02 and L18A03 and “Best If Used By” dates of Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 2019. ADM Milling Co. issued the recall after health officials in Rhode Island found E. coli O26 in an unopened bag of the flour. The recalled products were distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
The expanded recall, issued May 24, 2019 but published on the FDA website May 28, 2019, includes all 5-pound bags of Baker’s corner flour. It was issued after further testing revealed that the E. coli O26 found in the flour sample closely resembled the outbreak strain.
E. coli Outbreak
The 17 people sickened in this outbreak range in age from 7 years to 86 years old. They reported onset-of-symptoms from December 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019. During interviews with health officials, they recalled eating or tasting raw batter or dough before they became ill. Two of them remembered ALDI flour or baking was used to make the dough. Cases have been reported from eight states. New York and Ohio each have five. Pennsylvania has two. And California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey and Rhode Island each reported one case.
This is not the first time outbreaks have been linked to raw flour. In 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour sickened 63 people in 24 states. And last year, a Salmonella outbreak was linked to Duncan Hines cake mix.
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