NEW YORK, N.Y. — Parker Waichman LLP, a national plaintiff’s law firm, announces that the makers of Pillsbury Flour, Hometown Food Company, have issued a recall for specific lots of its unbleached flour marketed under the familiar Pillsbury name. MASSLIVE.com reports that the recall is based upon fears of two lots of the Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose five-pound flour was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The UPC on the affected lots is 51500-2224. The Hometown Food Company also said that the only lots impacted by the possible outbreak are the lots marked “Best By APR 19 2020” and “Best By APR 20 2020.” There are no reports of any sicknesses at this time caused by ingestion of the potentially contaminated product.
The Hometown Food Company, whose headquarters are located in Chicago, IL., warned that no one should consume the possibly infected product. Hometown Food Company recommends that its customers immediately discard the contaminated flour or return it to the point of purchase. The Hometown Food Company is offering coupons for a free replacement of the goods.
Representatives of the Hometown Food Company indicated that 12,245 individual bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour in the five-pound bags potentially contain product infected with Salmonella. Not every lot produced carries the potential for salmonella infection. Accordingly, consumers should verify the UPC as well as the “Best By” dates. MASSLIVE.com did not specify which retailers and distributors through which the infected flour entered the chain of commerce.
The Hometown Food Company maintains that no one fell ill as a result of eating contaminated flour. The company also said that it decided to recall the product “out of an abundance of caution.” The company additionally commented by saying that the recall was made “with the full knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
Salmonella is suspected of killing 450 people each year in the U.S. alone. However, the alleged number of Salmonella-related illnesses affects approximately 1 million people annually.
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