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Flour Safety:
Get the Facts on Flour

Chocolate batter in a mixing bowl

Flour is an ingredient for baked, fried, and cooked products. With proper handling, heating processes like baking, frying, and cooking ensure the safety of the flour. Because flour is made with wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria may be present, flour is not considered a "ready-to-eat" product, and uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour should never be consumed.

Flour Safety Tips

  • Never consume batter, cookie dough, or no-bake treats made with raw flour.

  • Thoroughly clean cooking surfaces, bowls, plates, and utensils after use to ensure there is no remaining flour residue.

  • Always wash hands with soap and water after handling flour.

  • If making homemade playdough with flour, use flour that has been heat-treated (see product label to confirm).