A third flour brand manufactured by ADM Milling Co., based in Buffalo, New York, has been recalled and is currently linked to an outbreak of E. coli. Coli.
Some 5-pound Pillsbury Best bread flour bags, sold by Hometown Food Co., were recalled Friday because of E's potential presence. Coli, according to a notice posted on the website of the Food and Drug Administration.
Approximately 4,620 cases of flour were distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors in 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The flour bags concerned have the UPC code 051500200315 and a use-by date of June 8, 2020 or June 9, 2020, says the recall notice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consumers should not use the recalled flour.
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The 5 lb. Pillsbury Best bread flour was recalled on Friday in connection with a recent outbreak of E. Coli. (Photo: Hometown Food Company)
According to the CDC, 17 cases and three hospitalizations related to E. coli and flour were reported. No deaths have been reported and, although the CDC has updated its website to include the Pillsbury recall, the numbers have not changed since May 24.
Hometown Food Co. stated that no disease associated with Pillsbury Best bread flour had been reported to date and that the recall had been issued "for caution" because "wheat was used to make these two lots of 5 lb. Pillsbury Best Bread Flour combined with other flour products made at the Buffalo ADM mill. "
E. coli infections usually occur three to four days after the consumption of the bacteria, the CDC says. Severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting can occur after five to seven days. In severe cases, patients may present with haemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
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The CDC warns against the consumption of raw dough. Any flour or raw eggs used in the raw dough could be contaminated and even tasting a small amount of raw dough could make you sick.
Pillsbury flour bags can be returned to retailers and Hometown Food. Co. says it's offering replacement coupons. Consumers can call 1-866-219-9333 between 09:00 and 21:00. CDT.
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