Food Recall: Pillsbury “Best Bread” Flour

Pillsbury has officially recalled it’s Pillsbury “Best Bread” flour from 10 states, amid another foodborne illness outbreak of E. Coli. 026  For the second time this year, Pillsbury has had contaminated products sold to multiple distributors and retails across the US, this time totaling over 4,600 cases of its “Best Bread” flour.

Specifically the 5 pound bags with the following information, should be removed from use/circulation and returned to distributors.

UPC number of 0 5150020031 5 and one of the following lot code and use-by combinations:

  • Lot Code: 8 342 with Use-By Date: JUN 08 2020
  • Lot Code: 8 343 with Use-By Date: JUN 09 2020

17 people have diagnosed illnesses, with three requiring hospitalization. E. Coli is a dangerous bacteria often associated with: ground beef, contaminated waters, contaminated produce, and unpasteurized milk & dairy products. The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. If there is fever, it is usually not lower than 101 degrees F (38.5 degrees C). Most patients recover within five to seven days. Others can develop severe or even life-threatening symptoms and complications.

Flour sold in the following states are confirmed to have received contaminated products: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

While Hawai’i has not been listed as a state that received contaminated product, we should still be aware and use caution when working with TCS foods. There have been more than five recalls for flour in 2019, to date.

Advice for consumers

FDA offers these tips for safe food handling of flour:

  • Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.
  • Closely supervise children handling flour for baking and craft projects to make sure they don’t touch their faces and that they properly wash their hands after handling raw flour.
  • Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour may spread easily due to its powdery nature.

Consumers with questions about the Pillsbury flour recall can call Hometown Food at 866-219-9333.

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