Aldi has issued a recall of 5-pound bags of flour after an E. coli outbreak, which has left 17 people sick across eight states including California. According to news reports, Aldi grocery stores issued a recall of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour made by ADM Milling Company in Buffalo, New York. The 5-pound bags have the UPC code: 041498130404.
At least one person has been sickened by these products in California while New York and Ohio have the most number of cases at five each. Those who have these products at home are urged to discard them or return it to a local store for a refund. The illnesses were reported between Dec. 11 and April 18, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three people were hospitalized. For more information, call ADM Milling Company’s customer service line at 1-800-422-1688.
The Dangers of Flour and E. coli
- coli is a potentially deadly bacterium. Some of the common symptoms of an E. coli infection include bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Individuals with a weak immune system are particularly at risk of suffering serious effects. Children and seniors are also at an increased risk of getting E. coli infections. Some strains are even more dangerous as they could lead to a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS that could result in kidney failure and death.
According to food safety experts, cookie dough, pizza dough, cake, and pancake batters pose a risk of bacterial infection. So, you should be careful not to eat them before they are cooked. It is important to remember that raw dough can make you sick even if you don’t eat it. For example, kneading bread dough often leaves you with floury hands, which could be a problem if the flour is contaminated.
Some restaurants give kids balls of uncooked dough to play with. If they put the dough in their mouth, eat it or even lick their fingers, they are at risk. Even storing uncooked dough next to other food could pose a risk. So, it’s a good idea to handle it and wrap it carefully.
If You Have Been Affected by the Aldi Flour Recall
If you or a loved one has become sick as a result of these or other products, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses you have suffered. You may be able to file a food poisoning lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer, restaurant that served the food and other potential parties. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.