General Mills is asking consumers to throw out their five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour in a voluntary recall over salmonella fears. The only bags impacted by the recall are those with a "use by" date of April 20, 2020.
Salmonella is a dangerous bacterial infection -- and one of the most frequent sources of food poisoning for consumers every year. More than a million people in the United States are affected by salmonellosis every year. Around 450 die annually.
Typically, salmonella is associated with animal products, including eggs. That's because the bacteria live in the digestive tracts of many different kinds of animals, including poultry and pigs. However, non-animal products, like grains, vegetables and fruit, can all become contaminated with salmonella when the bacteria get into the fertilizer or water that is used on crops. Salmonella has contaminated everything from eggs to sprouts and spinach in recent years -- and now, flour.
The fear of a contaminated product has left a lot of consumers wondering, "What's next?" It seems that no food product can be considered safe from contamination.
The good news is that cooking destroys salmonella bacteria -- as does frequent hand washing. You can protect yourself from infection by avoiding raw food and making sure that you wash your fruit and vegetables before eating them.
Typically, someone who is infected with salmonella will experience abdominal cramps, headaches and a loss of appetite within 72 hours. A partial recovery usually occurs within a week. However, some people may not feel completely well for several months. An unfortunate few may even develop a form of arthritis after being infected.
If you've been the victim of salmonella poisoning from a contaminated product, you may experience a significant disruption in your daily life and routine -- including your ability to work. That's why it is wise to find out more about your legal right to compensation.