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Pillsbury Flour Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

Nearly 40,000 bags of Pillsbury flour may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria and are being recalled by Pillsbury owner Homestown Food Co. More than a dozen people in eight states have fallen ill as a result. The recall was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last week. This is the third major flour brand manufactured in the Archer Daniels Midland mill in Buffalo to be recalled for E coli contamination.

Hometown Foods, distributor of the Pillsbury brand says the recall involves 4,620 cases of Pillsbury’s 5-pound Bread Flour. The flour is sold in 10 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

The FDA advises consumers to avoid eating the flour and to discard it or return it for a refund. Hometown will also offer replacement coupons to customers who call the toll-free customer service line at 866-219-9333 between 9:00 am to 9:00 pm CST.    

The affected products have the following label codes:

UPC Code: 0 5150020031 5; Lot Code 8 342 and Use-By Date June 8, 2020; Lot Code 8 343 and Use-By Date June 9, 2020

The Pillsbury recall comes days after King Arthur Flour recalled thousands of cases of its five-pound Unbleached All-Purpose Flour for possible E. coli contamination as well. 

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