The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Friday that an outbreak of E. coli O26 infections is linked to flour sold by discount grocery chain Aldi U.S. and sourced from a Buffalo, N.Y., production facility owned by Archers Daniel Midland Co. (ADM).
On Thursday, both Aldi and ADM had issued recalls of five-pound bags of all-purpose flour under the Bakers Corner brand because they may be contaminated with E. coli, but neither company mentioned the eight-state outbreak of infections, which counts 17 ill people, three of which have been hospitalized.
The recall notices also did not say that an E. coli O26 was found in an unopened bag of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour collected at a bakery where an ill person reported eating raw dough, as reported by the CDC.
Batavia, Ill.-based Aldi, which operates more than 1,800 stores in 35 states, said the flour was distributed to its stores in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is working to determine whether other brands or lots of flour may be potentially contaminated and need to be recalled.
The Bakers Corner All Purpose Flour affected by this recall is sold in a five-pound bag with a best if used by date of Dec. 2, 2019, lot code L18A02B and the following UPC code: 041498130404.