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Archer Daniels expands flour recall to Pillsbury amid E. coli outbreak

Pillsbury® Best 5 lb. Bread Flour

Source: FDA

ADM Milling Co. is recalling its third brand of flour, Pillsbury, as part of an ongoing outbreak of E. coli, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The company is recalling about 4,620 cases of Pillsbury Best 5-pound Bread Flour that were distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The flour was sold by Hometown Food Co. and manufactured by ADM Milling, which is owned by global food processor Archer Daniels Midland Co.

There have not been any reported illnesses tied to the latest recall, according to the FDA. However, customers are advised not to throw the flour away or return it for a refund.

The affected products have the UPC codes 0 5150020031 5 and 0 5150020031 5 with use-by dates of June 8, 2020, and June 9, 2020.

Hometown Food Co. said ADM Milling informed it that E. coli illnesses have been linked to the wheat used to make flour products at ADM Milling’s processing plant in Buffalo, N.Y., including Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour and the Pillsbury flour.

In the past two weeks, several brands have been recalled due to E. coli concerns. The Pillsbury flour recall follows last week’s recall of 14,000 cases of King Arthur Flour, which is also made by ADM Milling, due to E. coli concerns.

“Throughout this process, ADM has been cooperating with regulators at our facility in Buffalo,” an ADM spokesperson said. “We have also been working closely with all of the retail customers that received flour produced from this implicated wheat, ALDI, King Arthur and Pillsbury. Those customers are removing any affected products that may be on store shelves and have notified the public about which retail flours are involved.”

The ADM spokesperson also advised that consumers not eat or play with raw dough.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are looking into a multistate E. coli outbreak that has been linked to flour.

E. coli symptoms may include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Sickness usually occurs 3-4 days after ingestion, and recovery time is approximately a week.