Pillsbury, the brand with a fluffy, ticklish mascot, has just announced a voluntary recall on flour.
You might remember when General Mills issued a recall for Gold Medal flour back in January. Much like the Gold Medal brand, Pillsbury warns of a salmonella risk, which is known to contaminate flour. If you have this product, it’s time to purge the cabinets ASAP!
What products are recalled?
Five-pound bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour are the product specified in the recall. In total, 12,185 cases are at risk, but they were distributed to only a few retail chains. Publix and Winn-Dixie both received the shipments.
Right now, the Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour is not linked to current salmonella cases. But because of the risk, Pillsbury has taken the necessary precaution to remove this product from store shelves and the hands of buyers. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
#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
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Figuring out whether you have this product is as easy as checking a couple of labels. Look for the numbers 8 292 and 8 293 on your 5-pound bag of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. Recalled bags with 8 292 also include a “Best if Used By” date of April 19, 2020. The 8 293 bag is stamped April 20, 2020, according to USDA Food Safety’s Twitter.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
There’s no need to panic if you find Pillsbury flour hanging out in your cupboard. If the labels match that of the recall, you can either toss out the bag or return it to the place of purchase. Both Publix and Winn-Dixie are handing out full refunds for the affected products.
The USDA and Pillsbury urge buyers to absolutely not consume the flour under any circumstance. Even if you believe it’s cooked through, there’s always the possibility that salmonella has found its way into your baked goods. (And never eat raw flour, no matter of its recall status.)
For any questions, you can reach the Publix helpline at 1 (800) 242-1227 or call Winn-Dixie’s helpline at 1 (866) 946-6349.
How can I avoid getting salmonella?
Salmonella is a tricky bacteria because it can potentially be cooked out of food. However, risking your meal for a recalled product is never worth it. To ensure you’re not serving bacteria for dinner, it’s important to wash your hands regularly while cooking. Regularly clean your kitchen tools to make sure they won’t cross-contaminate any of the ingredients you’re working with. You should also make sure everything you serve reaches the correct temperature before you give it a nibble.