Bimbo Bakeries, Kellogg initiate recalls

by Eric Schroeder
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BATTLE CREEK, MICH., and HORSHAM, PA. — The presence of flexible wire and glass fragments were at the center of product recalls initiated in recent days at BBU, Inc. and The Kellogg Co.

BBU, Inc., the parent of the Bimbo Bakeries companies, on Feb. 19 initiated a voluntary recall on certain bread and thin style buns due to the possible presence of flexible wire caused by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill.

“This recall does not affect any products currently offered for sale in retail stores but the company, out of an abundance of caution, wants to alert consumers to check any affected products they may still have in their homes,” BBU said.

Recalled products included Sara Lee Multi-Grain Thin Style Buns sold in California with a “Best By” date of Feb. 17 or earlier, as well as a variety of other bread products with “Best By” dates of Feb. 20 or earlier, including Earthgrains 12 Grain Natural Bread and Sara Lee 12 Grain Bread Hearty & Delicious sold nationwide.

BBU is the second grain-based foods manufacturer to initiate a recall in the past month due to issues at a third-party flour mill. In late January, Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie’s, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of its rising crust frozen pizzas after learning a fine metal mesh screen failed at a third-party flour mill and fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough.

Also this week, The Kellogg Co. initiated a recall on three sizes of its Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages due to the possible presence of glass fragments. The recalled cereal includes certain 11.2-oz, 22.4-oz and 37-oz packages.

“There have been no reports of any injuries associated with this product,” Kellogg said.
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