The latest product to be pulled from shelves that may be tainted with E. coli is a flour from grocery store chain Aldi.
The item affected is Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour sold in 5-pound bags in 11 Northeast states including New York and New Jersey. Other states include Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
The bags were sourced from an ADM Milling Co. production facility in Buffalo, N.Y. and stamped with the UPC code: 041498130404. Aldi has recalled all lots of Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour products produced at the Buffalo mill from store shelves in these states.
“ALDI takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund.”
The flour recall came a day after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of more than 60,000 pounds of raw beef products Wednesday because they might be contaminated with E. Coli. The beef items, which were shipped nationwide for distribution, were packaged on April 19 by Aurora Packing Company in North Aurora, Ill. and are marked with establishment number “EST. 788” on the USDA mark of inspection.
Aldi reminded customers not to consume any raw products made with flour, noting that the ingredient comes from wheat, which is grown outdoors and therefore carries a risk of bacteria. That bacteria is usually killed off when flour is cooked. “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,” Aldi stated.