Hometown Food Company, in cooperation with ADM Milling Co., has initiated a voluntary recall of two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour due to a potential presence of pathogenic E. coli. The product was manufactured by ADM Milling Co., at the company’s mill in Buffalo, NY.
The severity of E. coli infections vary among people and often include several symptoms, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. People usually develop symptoms and get sick 3-4 days after ingesting the germ, and most recover within a week. In some cases, individuals may develop a serious illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death). Young children, elderly individuals, pregnant women and those who are immunocompromised are more susceptible to foodborne illness. If you feel ill or are at all concerned about an illness, please contact your physician.
There has been approximately 4,620 cases of impacted Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour were distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors across the following 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The affected product has the following UPC codes, lot codes and Best-If-Used-By dates:
- Pillsbury Best™ Bread Flour, UPC Item Code: 0 5150020031 5, LOT Code: 8 342, Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020, and QTY (Eight-Count Case): 4,080
- Pillsbury Best™ Bread Flour, UPC Item Code: 0 5150020031 5, Lot Code: 8 343, Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020, and QTY (Eight-Count Case): 540
All products with other Best-If-Used-By Dates and Lot Codes are not affected by this recall. Best-If-Used By Dates can be found on the side of the package below the Nutrition Facts Panel.
If you have the affected product in your home or business, do not consume it. You’re urged to discard it immediately or return it to the retail location it was purchased from for a refund. This voluntary recall is being made with the full knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this product and this recall has been issued out of an abundance of caution.
Flour is made from wheat, which is a raw product that is minimally processed. Flour is not a ready-to-eat product. It is an ingredient for baked, fried and cooked recipes, and these heating processes, along with proper handling, ensure the safety of consuming flour. All surfaces and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should wash their hands after handling flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should not eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this recall may cause, and are offering replacement coupons for your product,” the company said.
Consumers can call 1-866-219-9333) which will be staffed daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CDT.
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