Pillsbury Flour Recall 2019: Bread Flour Recalled Over E. Coli Outbreak

Daniel Fowler
June 18, 2019

Several brands of flour have been recalled from the market due to fear of E. Coli contamination.

Select bags of Pillsbury flour are being recalled as a precaution, and the company says no one has gotten sick, but you're being urged not to use it.

Products with other best-if-used-by dates and lots codes were not affected by the recall. 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", said the company announcement by Hometown Food Company.

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None of the reported illnesses have been connected to the flour, which is being pulled as a precaution. The product was manufactured by ADM Milling Co., at the company's mill in Buffalo, N.Y. They begin, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria and most people recover in about a week. According to the FDA, the recalled flour bags have a UPC Item Code of "0 5150020031 5" and a Lot Code of either "8 342" or "8 343" with Use-By Dates of June 8th or June 9th, 2020.

The 17 illnesses reported so far in the E. coli outbreak includes one case in New Jersey, two in Pennsylvania and five in NY. King Arthur Flour recalled some bags of its 5-pound unbleached all-purpose flour and Aldi recalled its Baker's Corner All-Purpose Flour. Three of the 17 cases led to hospitalizations, but no fatalities have been reported, according to the CDC. In severe cases, patients may get hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. Because flour is made from wheat - a raw product that is minimally processed - it should not be eaten raw in uncooked dough or batter.

CDC warns against eating raw dough.

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