Other

Pillsbury Flour Recalled for Reported Salmonella Risk

Pillsbury Flour Recalled for Reported Salmonella Risk

Publix and Winn-Dixie shoppers should check their labels ASAP.

Hometown Food Company, parent company of Pillsbury Co., just announced a voluntary recall on select packages of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. These products could potentially be contaminated with salmonella, and were sold at retailers like Publix and Winn-Dixie.

The potentially contaminated packages are five-pound bags of all-purpose flour with “Best By” dates of April 19, 2020 and April 20, 2020. If you have one of these products, you should bring it to your local grocery store for a full refund, or dispose of it immediately.

Stay up to date on what healthy means now.

Sign up for our daily newsletter for more great articles and delicious, healthy recipes.

This is the second time this year flour has been recalled for possibly being contaminated with salmonella, as General Mills recalled select flour products in January. Pillsbury’s website has provided advice for consumers about the dangers of consuming raw flour.

Looking for more recall news?

“Flour is made with wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria may be present,” the website said.

“Uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour should not be consumed. Flour should not be considered a ready-to-eat product. It is an ingredient for baked, fried, and cooked products, and these heating processes ensure the safety of the flour with proper handling.”

We will keep you up to date with the latest information on this, and other food recalls as it is provided. Until then, Winn-Dixie says those with questions about the recall can contact the Southeastern Grocers Customer Call Center 866-946-6349. Publix shoppers can call 1-800-242-1227 for more information.


Pillsbury Flour Recalled Due To Risk Of Salmonella

If you're thinking about baking any treats soon, you might want to check your supplies first. There's a major recall that might seriously affect you plans, whether you're going the sweet or savory route. Pillsbury flour is being recalled due to risk of salmonella.

Hometown Foods Company is recalling Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour due to potential salmonella contamination. The flour in question was sold at Publix and Winn-Dixie stores, according to USA Today.

No other Pillsbury products have been affected by the recall and so far, no one has been made sick, according to the recall notice on Winn-Dixie website.

The lot numbers of the affected bags are 8 292 and 8 293 with best if used by dates of April 19, 2020, and April 20, 2020.

"Safety is paramount to our company and we regret any inconvenience that the recall caused," Dan Anglemyer of Hometown Food Company tells Romper by email. "I would echo the FDA’s tweet that 'regardless of brand, flour can contain bacteria.' Our hope is that people are careful and take proper care in their preparation of food when using flour."

"Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them," Publix announced in their recall notice. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund."

"We apologize for the inconvenience this caused and are offering replacement coupons for your product," Hometown Food Company said in a statement published to its website. "Please call our 800 number (1-800-767-4466). We remain committed to producing the high-quality products you expect."

Salmonella is a serious risk to consumers, and can be potentially deadly, according to the Mayo Clinic. It attacks the intestinal tracts and can cause bloating, diarrhea, blood in stool, abdominal cramps, fever, and chills. These symptoms usually present after 72 hours of ingesting the contaminated food.

And while these symptoms usually clear up on their own, it can require hospitalization, according to WebMd, though that's rare. You can also develop complications related to infections or dehydration, and these may also require medical attention.

It's been a big year for recalls. Chef Boyardee also recalled its beef ravioli bowls, which were mistakenly labeled as chicken and rice with vegetables, according to USA Today. Additionally, three of the most popular cereal flavors from Nature's Path were recalled due to possible gluten contamination.

And a few weeks ago, select deli meats were recalled due to possibility of plastic pieces within the product, according to NBC New York.

It's enough to make any consumer want to purge their cabinets and fridge and start fresh.

So, why all the recalls? If it seems like there have been a lot lately, you're not wrong. That's because the technology that the Center for Disease Control is better than ever and the way they are tracking and containing outbreaks is now more efficient, according to Chicago Tribune. Which means, they're catching a lot more due to a better ability to detect potentially dangerous products.

Even so, for every one product recalled, there are 20 others that go under the radar, Jory Lange, an attorney who specializes in food safety, told the Chicago Tribune.

Bottom line, keep up to date on all recalls and always handle food safely in order to keep you and your family safe. And if you have any Pillsbury Unbleached Flour that meets the recall criteria, do not use it. If you're not sure, call your local store. Better safe than sorry.


Pillsbury Flour Recalled for Salmonella

March 2019 — Publix and Winn-Dixie have recalled over 12,000 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour after traces of Salmonella were discovered in a single bag.

Hometown Food Company recalled select Pillsbury® Unbleached All Purpose Flour that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall includes specific lot codes of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose 5-lb bags of flour (UPC 51500-22241), but only includes “Best If Used By” dates of April 19, 2020 and April 20, 2020.

Approximately 12,245 cases of recalled flour were distributed through a limited number of retailers and distributors nationwide.

There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this recall.


Grocers say Pillsbury flour has been recalled because of Salmonella risk

Two grocery chains are reporting that the parent company of the Pillsbury Co. has initiated a nationwide recall of flour packaged under the iconic brand because of possible Salmonella contamination.

However, neither Pillsbury nor its owner Hometown Food Co. had posted the recall on their websites, or with the Food and Drug Administration, as of last night.

The Publix and Winn-Dixie grocery chains both posted the recall information on their websites Friday. Neither chain reported how or when the possible contamination was discovered. They also did not report when they were notified about the problem.

The notice posted by Publix says more than 12,000 cases of the flour are subject to the recall, but does not say how many packages are in each case. The Winn-Dixie recall notice says there haven’t been any reports of any illnesses associated with the recalled flour.

Both grocery chains are reporting 5-pound bags of “Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour” are affected by the recall. Publix reports the flour was shipped to retailers and distributors nationwide.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund,” according to the Publix recall notice.

The Winn-Dixie recall notice includes a similar warning. Winn-Dixie says consumers with questions about the recalled flour can contact the Southeastern Grocers Customer Call Center 866-946-6349.

Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the flour in their homes:

  • Publix — GTIN # 0 5150022241 3, Lot Code numbers 8 293 or 8 292, and Best If Used By Dates of APR 19 2020 or APR 20 2020
  • Winn-Dixie — UPC number 0 5150022241 6, Best If Used By Date of APR 19 2020, and Lot code numbers 8292 or 8293.

The Pillsbury website has standing advice for consumers about the dangers of raw flour.

“Flour is made with wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria may be present,” according to the Pillsbury website.

“Uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour should not be consumed. Flour should not be considered a ready-to-eat product. It is an ingredient for baked, fried, and cooked products, and these heating processes ensure the safety of the flour with proper handling.”

Pillsbury’s parent company Hometown Food Co., which is based in Chicago, was formed by the private equity firm Brynwood Partners in June 2018 to acquire a portfolio of brands from The J.M. Smucker Co., according to the Byrnwood website. That portfolio includes the exclusive U.S. rights to the iconic Pillsbury brand’s shelf-stable baking products including Funfetti, along with the Hungry Jack, White Lily, Jim Dandy and Martha White brands.

Advice for consumers
FDA offers these tips for the safe 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.
  • 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.
  • Follow label directions to chill products containing raw dough promptly after purchase until baked.

(To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News,click here.)


UPDATED: FDA still waiting for Pillsbury’s recall notice congresswoman calls for action

The parent company of Pillsbury posted a recall notice on its website today (March 12), four days after notifying some grocery chains that certain lots of Pillsbury flour in 5-pound bags might be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Hometown Food Co. Inc. responded to questions from Food Safety News regarding the recall and circumstances related to it late this evening, but left several unanswered. The email response did not include a signature line or any other information to identify who at the company was providing the comments. The email did not reveal what specific distributors and retailers received the recalled flour. The company has not reported how many individual bags of flour are under recall.

“Random testing found traces of salmonella in one bag of Pillsbury 5lb Unbleached flour. Out of precaution, Hometown Food Company issued a national recall of approximately 12,158 cases of Pillsbury 5lb Unbleached flour due to the potential for possible salmonella contamination,” according to the email sent from a general inquiry address at Hometown Food Co.

The message from the company said it notified retailers and distributors about recalled flour “within 24 hours of determining a recall was warranted. . .” adding that it intentionally did not post the recall on its public website until it had notified businesses.

None of Hometown Food’s baking mixes are affected by the recall, according to the company’s statement to Food Safety News, because they “are made at a different facility from our flour.” However, the statement did not answer the question of whether any of the flour produced at the implicated facility was actually used in baking mixes or other productss.

“The flour manufacturing facility has a comprehensive sanitation and monitoring program to ensure integrity of the product during manufacturing. Our facilities are certified annually through a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification body and are in compliance with all FDA Laws and regulations including the Food Safety Modernization Act,” according to the Hometown Food Co. statement.

As with its recall notice, Hometown Food’s statement urged consumers to follow proper food handling practices with flour because it is a raw agricultural product, and therefore carries a risk of foodborne illness.

“The industry has ongoing work to determine a strategy for how they will proceed with non-ready-to-eat products like flour that are known by industry and the FDA to have potential risk when raw and uncooked,” according to the Hometown Food statement. “We would like to remind the public that wheat is an agricultural product and flour is made with wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria may be present. Flour should never be eaten raw or in a dough/batter, as we state on our package.”

Questions left unanswered by Hometown Food’s statement include:

  • Can you provide a list of the retailer chains and other distributors that received the recalled flour? If not, why?
  • Why didn’t Hometown Food Co. or Pillsbury provide the FDA with the recall notice on March 8?
  • Why wasn’t the recall notice posted on the Hometown websites as soon as the recall was initiated?
  • Was any of the recalled flour used in other Hometown or Pillsbury products, including but not limited to baking mixes, etc.?
  • Did Hometown/Pillsbury provide any flour from the same production run to other trading partners to be used in their products or packaged under their own brands.
  • What is Hometown/Pillsbury doing in regard to investigating and mitigating the potential contamination (suspended production lines or facility, product/environmental tests, etc.)?

A spokesperson from the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration told Food Safety News on the afternoon of March 12 that the agency had not yet posted the Hometown Food Co. recall notice on its website because the company had not provided “a public recall announcement.” The company’s email statement said its officials had provided FDA with “a letter in reference to the recall.”

On March 8, at least three retail chains, Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Meijer, posted their own recall notices for the iconic baking product. The Pillsbury Co. did not appear to have the recall information on its website as of 5 p.m. EDT today (March 12). The notice on Hometown Food Co. Inc., which bought Pillsbury from the J.M. Smucker Co. in September 2018, is dated March 8 but was not available on the company’s website until today.

“FDA has been in communication with Hometown Food Co. regarding this recall from its initiation on March 8, 2019. Should Hometown Food Co. share a copy of a public recall announcement with FDA, FDA will post it to our website,” a spokesperson for the agency’s Office of Regulatory Affairs told Food Safety News this afternoon.

None of the individual grocery store chains’ recall notices are available on the FDA website. The agency did not respond to a question about whether any retailers have notified FDA about the flour recall.

In a Tweet earlier today, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, said: “FDA must protect consumers and bring clarity to this situation by immediately posting a recall notice.”

The recall posted on the Hometown Food Co. website states:

“Please be advised the Hometown Food Company initiated a limited, voluntary retail-level recall on two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose 5 lb Flour (UPC 51500-22241) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Only Best If Used By Dates APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 are impacted.

The key symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and sometimes vomiting.

Roughly 12,245 cases of impacted Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour product were distributed through a limited number of retailers and distributors nationwide. The only product lots affected by the recall are as follows:


Pillsbury flour recalled due to salmonella fears

Pillsbury parent Hometown Food Co. is conducting a nationwide recall of flour packaged under the popular Pillsbury brand due to concerns the product may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Food and Drug Administration alerted consumers to the flour recall in a tweet on Monday. The agency urged consumers not to eat the recalled product sold at retailers including Publix and Winn-Dixie. Both grocery chains posted recall information on their websites, with Publix's notice stating roughly 12,185 cases of the product had been distributed nationwide. It wasn't clear how many packages are included in a case.

Publix and Winn-Dixie said five-pound bags of "Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour" were affected, all containing expiration dates of April 19, 2020, or April 20, 2020, and containing the lot numbers 8292 or 8293. The recall involves about 100,000 bags of flour, according to Consumer Reports.

Meijer, which operates 240 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin, also posted a recall notice for the same lots and expiration dates.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the FDA had not posted a recall notice on its website, prompting U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D.-Connecticut, to call out the agency on social media. "FDA must protect consumers and bring clarity to this situation by immediately posting a recall notice," the lawmaker tweeted Tuesday.

Trending News

The FDA posted a recall notice later in the day.

#RecallAlert: Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold through a limited number of retailers including Publix & Winn-Dixie. Do not eat. pic.twitter.com/Zv6fv61C8w

&mdash USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) March 11, 2019

The recall is the second this year for flour potentially contaminated with salmonella. In January, General Mills recalled nearly 10,000 packages of unbleached flour sold nationwide, also with April 2020 best-if-used-by dates.

Salmonella is a bacteria that sickens about 1.2 million Americans and causes 450 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Food is the source for the overwhelming majority of the infection, which typically causes diarrhea and fever.


Caution! Flour Contaminated with Salmonella Recalled

"Hometown Food Company," the parent company of Pillsbury recalled certain “unbleached-all-purpose-flour” products due to fears that the bags of flour may contain the Salmonella bacteria. The flour products were already distributed and put in circulation before public announcements were issued from different platforms.

Woman sifting flour through sieve | Photo: Getty Images

SDA Food Safety shared a post via their Twitter handle which said:

“…Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached-All-Purpose-Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold through a limited number of retailers including Publix & Winn-Dixie. Do not eat.”

Pillsbury also took to the internet as they advised that: “flour should not be considered a ready-to-eat-product.”

Luckily, the affected bags of flour were sold to limited retailers, including "Publix" and "Winn Dixie." This has helped in narrowing down the areas where the flour bags were distributed to and therefore made the recall process a bit less hectic.

"Hometown Foods" chief operating officer, Dan Anglemyer, revealed that the company has been able to contact every direct customer that the supposed contaminated product has reached.

Pillsbury Flour | Photo: Getty Images

Mr. Anglemyer also offered his apologies saying,

“It’s unfortunate. We try to be as cautious as possible, we apologize for any inconvenience.”

He also informed the public that the company is working on an official press release in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while the company also offered a coupon for all the affected products when they’re identified. The FDA issued a stern warning to citizens, employing them to refrain from eating raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.

This is a good reminder of why you should never eat raw dough when making cookies, etc. Flour, regardless of brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease: https://t.co/uw3TELKXHN https://t.co/JT4IdfCaWX

&mdash U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) March 11, 2019

Citizens of the country have been advised to check the products in their possession thoroughly to avoid Salmonella poisoning. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning include fever, abdominal pains, diarrhea, and vomiting in some cases.

Companies that are involved in food manufacturing do their best to follow safety rules that have been set in place for the protection of the consumer’s health. In cases of errors and failure, the items are recalled from markets and other places where these potentially harmful items can be reached. A similar event took place in January when "The United States Food and Drug Administration" recalled all fruit distributed by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York.


Pillsbury Flour Recalled Due To Salmonella Concerns

The Homemade Food Company issued out a statement that says over 12,000 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour has been recalled.

Parents are once again encouraged to check what is in their kitchen pantries. Unfortunately, Pillsbury flour is being recalled due to salmonella concerns. The Homemade Food Company issued out a statement that says over 12,000 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour – or nearly 500,000 pounds, might be contaminated with salmonella.

According to CNN, many cases of the contaminated Salmonella were sold in supermarkets in the Southeast in both Publix and Winn Dixie supermarkets. Consumers are being asked to check the used by dates of the Pillsbury flour, since the ones that say either April 19, 2020, or April 20, 2020, may be contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration posted their notice on social media earlier this week. The Pillsbury Flour is being classified as a class 2 recall. That means that even though the FDA is monitoring the situation, no reports of illnesses are yet to be reported.

The USDA Food Safety issued the following warning on their Twitter account, “Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold through a limited number of retailers including Publix & Winn-Dixie. Do not eat.”

This is a good reminder of why you should never eat raw dough when making cookies, etc. Flour, regardless of brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease: https://t.co/uw3TELKXHN https://t.co/JT4IdfCaWX

&mdash U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) March 11, 2019

Unfortunately, the voluntary recall is the second of its kind this year. Back in January, Gold Medal recalled their five-pound bags of unbleached flour.

Some possible signs of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and detected blood in the stool. As far as treatment, most people only need fluids. In severe cases, medical intervention may be needed, including IV fluids and antibiotics if there’s an infection. Otherwise, most people recover from salmonella symptoms in less than a week.

Should you or anyone in your family feel as though they have been contaminated or have suffered from any of the signs and symptoms of salmonella, seek treatment or consult a doctor or health professional immediately.

The Pillsbury Flour can be returned at the point of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns, call or visit your family doctor or practitioner.


Pillsbury Flour Recall Reminds Us of the Dangers of Cookie Dough

When you were a kid, you were probably told that eating raw cookie dough put you at risk of salmonella poisoning.

The culprit was assumed to be raw eggs, which can in fact contain the salmonella bacteria. But that isn’t the only raw material in cookie dough. Wheat flour is also, despite being processed, a raw ingredient—and, as a recent recall from Pillsbury shows, it carries the same risk.

On March 12, Hometown Food Inc, the parent company of Pillsbury, posted a recall notice on its website for five-pound bags of Pillsbury unbleached all-purpose flour. Random testing, says Hometown Food Inc, turned up salmonella in one bag, and so the company is recalling over 12,000 cases of flour, each of which contains eight bags, for a total of nearly 100,000 bags of flour. Most of this flour was sold to grocery stores in the American Southeast, including Publix and Winn-Dixie.

This isn’t nearly the first time flour has been implicated in contamination cases. Back in 2016, General Mills issued a recall for millions of pounds of flour due to a possible E. coli contamination. The real danger here is that it can be difficult to figure out where the flour will end up. In that 2016 case, recalls were issued not just for bags of flour but also for brownie mixes, pancake mixes, and even various premade products you wouldn’t think would be at risk, like Buffalo chicken spring rolls, frozen pizzas, and breakfast sandwiches.

Hometown Food told Food Safety News that mixes were not affected, because the mixes “are made at a different facility from our flour,” though the company did not specify whether flour from the affected facility might end up in mixes produced at another facility. The company also did not provide the FDA with the appropriate paperwork for the FDA to publish the recall—which is voluntary and led by the company—on its website for several days . In part, this is sort of a bureaucratic problem—Hometown Food Inc sent the FDA something, just not the right thing—but an opinion piece at Food Safety News doubts that Pillsbury officials would screw up the process of communicating with the FDA.

In the meantime, both the FDA and Hometown Food notes that flour, until it’s cooked, is still a raw material that can contain contaminants. Pancake batter, bread dough, cookie dough—that’s all still raw, and eating it could come with the risk of food-borne illness. And not just from raw eggs.


Company Announcement

Hometown Food Company, in cooperation with ADM Milling Co., today 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.

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:


Item Name
UPC Item Code Lot
Code
Use-By Date QTY (Eight-Count Case)
Pillsbury Best™ Bread
Flour
0 5150020031 5 8 342 JUN 08 2020 4,080
Pillsbury Best™ Bread
Flour
0 5150020031 5 8 343 JUN 09 2020 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. Please 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.

At Hometown Food Company, nothing is more important than the safety and integrity of our products.

There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this product and this recall has been issued out of an abundance of caution. Hometown Food Company has been informed by ADM Milling Co., that certain wheat used to make these two lots of Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour has been linked to E. coli illnesses associated with other flour products produced at the ADM mill in Buffalo. Please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website for more information on this illness outbreak. To date, no illnesses associated with Pillsbury® Best Bread Flour have been reported.

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.


Watch the video: Pillsbury Recalls Flour Over Salmonella Concerns (December 2021).