Some bags of Gold Medal all-purpose flour may contain salmonella, according to a May 1 food safety alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can lead to infection, dehydration and, in some cases, death. 

The possible contamination applies to specific batches that may be available in stores or pantries. The CDC alert encouraged people to throw away the following products, along with any baked goods made from them:

Recalled productPackage universal product code
Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour (five-pound bag)000-16000-19610
Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour (10-pound bag)000-16000-19580
Gold Medal bleached all-purpose flour (two-pound bag)000-16000-10710
Gold Medal bleached all-purpose flour (five-pound bag)000-16000-10610
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

People around the U.S. began developing symptoms for salmonella infection in December 2022. By May 1, public health officials across multiple levels of government had identified 13 cases from 12 states in the outbreak, not including Texas. Three people required hospitalization. 

The true number of cases is likely higher and may extend across more states, according to the CDC. 

Most people infected by salmonella experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps and recover without treatment. Children, older adults and people who are immunocompromised are more likely to experience severe illness and require hospitalization. 

Alexis Allison is the health reporter at the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at or via Twitter.

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