More Than 12,000 Cases of Pillsbury Flour Recalled Due to Salmonella Concerns
More than 12,000 cases of Pillsbury's Unbleached All Purpose Flour have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. Pillsbury's parent company, Hometown Food, issued a voluntary recall on the 5-pound bags of flour, which had been sold at a limited number of Publix and Winn-Dixie stores, according to Delish and a tweet from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
#RecallAlert: 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. pic.twitter.com/Zv6fv61C8w
— USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) March 11, 2019
Other popular Pillsbury products—like biscuits, crescent rolls, cookies, and pie crust—were not affected. If you have a bag of Pillsbury flour at home, check to see if it carries either of the lot numbers "8 292" or "8 293," plus a "best if used by date" of April 19 or April 20, 2020. If so, throw it out and call 1-800-767-4466 for a replacement coupon.
According to a statement made by Hometown Food, no illnesses have been associated with this product, and the recall is being issued "out of an abundance of caution" [PDF]. In January, General Mills also recalled some of its Gold Medal Unbleached Flour due to Salmonella concerns.
In recent years, E. coli has also been detected in certain brands of flour—and the contamination was likely caused by animals that graze near harvested grain. The potential for contaminated flour, combined with the possibility of getting sick from raw eggs, are both good reasons why you should resist eating raw cookie dough, no matter how good it might taste.