Parents are once again encouraged to check what is in their kitchen pantries. Unfortunately, Pillsbury flour is being recalled due to salmonella concerns. The Homemade Food Company issued out a statement that says over 12,000 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour – or nearly 500,000 pounds, might be contaminated with salmonella.
According to CNN, many cases of the contaminated Salmonella were sold in supermarkets in the Southeast in both Publix and Winn Dixie supermarkets. Consumers are being asked to check the used by dates of the Pillsbury flour, since the ones that say either April 19, 2020, or April 20, 2020, may be contaminated.
The Food and Drug Administration posted their notice on social media earlier this week. The Pillsbury Flour is being classified as a class 2 recall. That means that even though the FDA is monitoring the situation, no reports of illnesses are yet to be reported.
The USDA Food Safety issued the following warning on their Twitter account, “Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold through a limited number of retailers including Publix & Winn-Dixie. Do not eat.”
This is a good reminder of why you should never eat raw dough when making cookies, etc. Flour, regardless of brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease: https://t.co/uw3TELKXHN https://t.co/JT4IdfCaWX— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) March 11, 2019
Unfortunately, the voluntary recall is the second of its kind this year. Back in January, Gold Medal recalled their five-pound bags of unbleached flour.
Some possible signs of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and detected blood in the stool. As far as treatment, most people only need fluids. In severe cases, medical intervention may be needed, including IV fluids and antibiotics if there’s an infection. Otherwise, most people recover from salmonella symptoms in less than a week.
Should you or anyone in your family feel as though they have been contaminated or have suffered from any of the signs and symptoms of salmonella, seek treatment or consult a doctor or health professional immediately.
The Pillsbury Flour can be returned at the point of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns, call or visit your family doctor or practitioner.