Approximately 12,245 cases of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour have been recalled by Hometown Food Company because the flour may be contaminated with salmonella. Flour should not be eaten raw as it is essentially minimally processed wheat. Cooking or baking with flour, heating the raw product, helps ensure its safety for consumers. However, as a safety precaution, consumers are being advised not to use any of the recalled flour they may still have in their kitchens.
Hometown Food Company has recalled two specific lot codes of 5-pound bags, at the retail level, of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. The lot codes affected are 8 292 and 8 293. The recalled bags are labeled with UPC 0 5150022241 6 and best if used by dates of April 19, 2020, and April 20, 2020. The Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5-lb bag recall is effective throughout the US.
There have been no reports as yet of any illnesses associated with this recall. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Consumers who have used the recalled flour at home should thoroughly clean all surfaces and utensils that may have come in contact with the raw flour or with uncooked dough or batter. Anytime flour is used, consumers should wash their hands after handling flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should never eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.