A third brand of flour manufactured by Buffalo, New York-based ADM Milling Co. has been recalled and is being tied to an ongoing E. coli outbreak.
Select bags of Pillsbury Best 5-pound Bread Flour, sold by Hometown Food Co., were recalled Friday due to the potential presence of E. coli, according to a notice on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Approximately 4,620 cases of the 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 affected bags of flour have the UPC code 051500200315 and a use-by date of June 8, 2020 or June 9, 2020, the recall notice states.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consumers should not use the recalled flour.
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According to the CDC, there have been 17 reported cases and three hospitalizations related to E. coli related to flour. No deaths have been reported and while the CDC updated its website to include the Pillsbury recall, the figures have not changed since May 24.
Hometown Food Co. said no illnesses associated with Pillsbury Best Bread Flour have been reported to date and the recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution” since “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.”
E. coli infections typically occur three to four days after consuming the bacteria, the CDC says. Severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting can result after five to seven days. In severe cases, patients may get hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
On Thursday, King Arthur Flour announced a nationwide recall of select bags of its 5-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
In late May, Aldi recalled its Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour after it was linked to the E. coli outbreak.
The CDC warns against eating raw dough. Any flour or raw eggs use to make raw dough or batter might be contaminated and even tasting a small amount of raw dough could make you sick.
Bags of the Pillsbury flour can be returned to retailers and Hometown Food. Co. says it is offering replacement coupons. Consumers can call 1-866-219-9333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT.
Contributing: Brandon Holveck, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
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