CHICAGO — Hometown Food Co., a wholly-owned portfolio company of Greenwich, Conn.-based Brynwood Partners VII L.P. and Brynwood Partners VIII L.P., has initiated a limited, voluntary retail-level recall on two specific lot codes of its 5-lb bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour due to possible contamination with Salmonella.
According to a March 12 filing with the Food and Drug Administration, the recall affects approximately 12,245 cases of product with “best if used by dates” of April 19, 2020, and April 20, 2020.
Hometown Food said there have been no illnesses associated with the recall.
“Flour is made from wheat that is minimally processed,” Hometown Food said. “Flour should not be considered a ready-to-eat product. It is an ingredient for baked, fried and cooked products, and these heating processes ensure the safety of flour with proper handling. All surfaces and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should wash their hands after handling flour or uncooked dough or batter. Consumers should not eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour. If you think you became sick from a food containing flour as an ingredient, please call your health care provider.”
Hometown Food was formed last fall following the close of the acquisition of the U.S. baking business of The J.M. Smucker Co. As part of the transaction, Hometown Food acquired the Pillsbury, Martha White, Hungry Jack, White Lily and Jim Dandy brands.
This is the second recall this year linking unbleached flour with Salmonella. Earlier, Minneapolis-based General Mills, Inc. recalled its 5-lb bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour after Salmonella was detected during the sampling of the product. The General Mills recall only affected product with a “better if used by date” of April 20, 2020.