The manufacturers of Pillsbury All-Purpose Flour, have voluntarily recalled almost 12,245 cases sold to retailers. This was after the result of a random inspection that revealed existence of salmonella in one of the bags.
The cases, which contained about eight bags of five-pound of all purpose flour, were sold to the supermarket chain Publix and to Winn-Dixie markets. Both of these stores have branches throughout the Southeast region. These bags had use by dates of April 2020.
Members of the Food and Drug Administration displayed a notice on its various social media handles like Twitter and Facebook accounts. However, a spokesman mentioned that the food and Drug Administration authorities had identified the issue as Class 2 recall. A class 2 recall means that the agency is verifying the situation and has not issued an alert formally, this was mainly due to no complaint of illness after consumption of the flour.
The company Hometown food mentioned that the recall was voluntary and identification of salmonella traces in one bag of flour is a bad news. As a responsible company they have withdrawn the product. No other company would risk the health of consumers by keeping contaminated products in stores.
Salmonella is resilient and adaptable, which contaminates eggs, poultry and other food types. The center for disease control and prevention mentioned that almost 1 million illnesses are caused by food in the U.S. every year.
This is the second flour recall that the company has done. The recent recall was in the month of January, wherein the company issued a recall of 5-pound bags of its flour of gold medal unbleached. These bags had a single date code. General mills had recalled 30 million pounds of Signature Kitchens, Gold Medal and Wondra Brand flours in the year of 2016. This had E. coli contamination issue and had led to 63 people being sick. Later the problem was identified due to problems in the production plant in Kanas City.
Taking this opportunity, the representative from Hometown food, FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture mentioned that flour should not be considered as a ready-to-eat product as it is minimally processed in nature. As per the North American Milling Association, flour should not be consumed raw and hence consumer warnings are issued in packages.
Some other recalls for salmonella are forms of baked goods that are not necessarily based on flour. Flower foods voluntarily recalled bread rolls in the previous year due to reports of presence of salmonella.
Though recalling of flour causes negative impact on the company reputation it is often considered as a responsible gesture to recall these products. There is a huge financial impact on the company but then moral responsibility takes precedence.