061819 REG Pillsbury Best flour products recall

Courtesy Rhode Island Department of Health

The Pillsbury company is recalling more than 4,600 cases of flour in 10 states after concerns that the product may be contaminated by the potential presence of pathogenic E. coli.

The Rhode Island Department of Health on Monday announced that the company is recalling five-pound bags of the Pillsbury Best Flour containing UPC code 0 5150020031 and lot codes 8 342 and 8 343. The impacted products will have a use-by date of June 8, 2020.

According to a press release, approximately 4,620 cases of the impacted flour products were distributed to a limited number of retailers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"The severity of E. coli infections vary among people and often include several symptoms, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting," department spokesman Joseph Wendelken said. "People usually develop symptoms and get sick three to four days after ingesting the germ, and most recover within a week."

People who have the affected product in their homes or businesses should not consume it. It should be discarded or returned to the retail location it was purchased from for a refund.

There have been no reports of illnesses. The Hometown Food Company has been informed by ADM Milling Co., that certain wheat used to make these two lots of Pillsbury flour has been linked to E. coli illnesses associated with other flour products produced at the ADM mill in Buffalo.

For more information, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website at fda.gov.

— Sun staff

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