Warning: Another Popular Brand of Flour Recalled Over E. Coli Concerns

June 17, 2019Jun 17, 2019

There's been a string of flour recalls over the past two weeks. For the second time, flour is being recalled because of E. coli fears.

That recall impacts 4,620 cases of Pillsbury Best 5-pound Bread Flour. The suspect flour is sold by Hometown Food Company and distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The flour was manufactured by ADM Milling Co. in Buffalo, New York. The products being recalled have UPC codes of 051500200315, lot codes of either 8342 or 8343, and use by dates of either June 8, 2020, or June 9, 2020.

Customers who have bought the flour are urged not to consume it. Instead, they should either throw it away or return it to where it was purchased for a refund, a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration said.

"Hometown Food Company said it was told by ADM Milling that some wheat used to make two lots of the Pillsbury flour has been linked to E. coli illnesses associated with other flour products made by ADM’s Buffalo mill," said reports.

Last week, more than 14,000 cases of flour made by King Arthur Flour Inc. was recalled because of E. coli fears. The recall is for five-pound bags of unbleached, all-purpose flour made by King Arthur Flour Inc., the Food and Drug Administration said.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. They begin, on average, three to four days after ingesting the bacteria. Most people recover in five to seven days.

So far there have been no reports of illnesses related to use of the flour, the FDA said.