Food Safety

Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan


King Arthur Flour Issues Voluntary Recall


One of my favorite companies, The King Arthur Flour Company, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of two products: 5-pound bags of all-purpose and 5-pound bags of bread flour.

According to an email issued 2 days ago, small, polyurethane balls approximately 7mm to 9mm (1/4″ to 3/8″) in size may have dropped into bags during the final sifting stage of the milling process. The balls have a smooth surface and no sharp edges and are made from food grade material. Because of their bright blue color and size (about half the diameter of a dime), they are easily seen in the flour.

Steve Voigt, CEO states:

King Arthur Flour is adamant about quality and safety. A very limited number of our flour bags are affected by this incident; but we wanted to be sure our customers are aware of the recall, and know to check their flour to see if it’s involved.

Any affected products may be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information call the King Arthur Flour Consumer Hotline at 866-797-9178, open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST.

The following King Arthur Flour products are included in the voluntary recall:

King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, 5-lb. bag UPC 0-71012-01050-9
(located on the left side panel under the recipe) with a Best Used By Date plus Lot Code (located beneath the nutrition facts panel) as follows:

AllP flour


King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour, 5-lb. bag UPC 0-71012-4-105-3
(located on the left side panel under the recipe) with a Best Used By Date plus Lot Code (located beneath the nutrition facts panel) as follows:


Bread Flour

If the Lot Code and Best Use By Date are NOT printed on the side of the bag under the nutrition panel—but rather elsewhere on the bag—then the bag is not part of the voluntary recall.

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .

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