For the second time this year, King Arthur Flour has recalled flour due to concerns over possible E. Coli contamination. The recall is voluntary and comes amid concerns that some of their products could have been contaminated. Random sampling at one of their Buffalo, NY, facility turned up evidence of bacteria.
As previously mentioned, this isn’t the first E. Coli recall King Arthur has issued this year. On June 14, the company recalled over 14,000 cases of 5-pound bags of their flour.
Which Products Are Being Recalled?
The recall is question concerns, specifically, 5-pound and 25-pound bags of King Arthur Flour. The affected bags all have “best if used by” dates ranging between December 2019 and January 2020. A full list of their lot numbers can be found on King Arthur’s website.
What is E. Coli?
E. Coli is a bacteria strain that can cause serious food poisoning in some extreme cases. Most forms of E. Coli are actually normal gut microflora, living in the stomachs of all humans and harmlessly helping us digest our food. In fact, this form of E. Coli plays an important role in keeping harmful bacteria from colonizing the digestive tract.
In the case of most food recalls, the fear is that the E. Coli present is of a harmful serotype. These can have virulent properties that turn the normally harmless bacteria into serious disease-carriers. Issues like Crohn’s disease, neonatal meningitis and gastroenteritis can all be caused by these pathogenic E. Coli.
If you’ve recently purchased any King Arthur brand flour, check the best by dates and make sure they don’t fall between December or January. If they do, check the company’s website for the lot codes. If your flour matches one of the recalled lot codes, discontinue use of it immediately and take the flour back to where you bought it with your receipt.
Ask for a refund on the product and inform the store of the recall. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact King Arthur directly at their customer service line.