Hold on to your hats, because this recall is a doozy. Just after the giant recall of Pillsbury and King Arthur flour comes this—a buns recall that impacts more than 50 brands sold by popular retailers like Walmart and Aldi. This recall includes hamburger and hot dog buns as well as rolls. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue this weekend, you might want to consider an alternate menu.
Why are the buns being recalled?
The buns recall is voluntary and due to possible plastic contamination that Flowers Foods says happened sometime in production. The plastic pieces embedded in the bread creates a choking hazard, which definitely isn’t what you want to deal with while munching down your grilled favorites. Luckily, no injuries or illnesses have been reported.
The recall spans these 18 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. You can find the official USDA statement here.
What products are recalled?
The recall comes from Flowers Foods Inc., which manufactures several brands picked up by major retailers. You may know them for Nature’s Own, Great Value, IGA, Piggly Wiggly and Wonder, all of which are named in the recall. That’s not all, though! Since more than 50 brands are affected, you’ll need to glance at the full list here.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
If you bought buns from Walmart, Aldi, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, IGA or any other listed retailer, make sure they’re cleared to eat. Flowers Foods serves up a whole lot of buns for major retailers, so it’s always best to check the official USDA site.
Each brand has a different UPC code, which you can find here. Usually, you’ll find the UPC code on the bottom of the package. All of the brands are stamped with an expiration date of either 07/17/19, 07/18/19 or 07/19/19. Since these buns were all produced at the same time, they all share either lot code 111 or 180, depending on the item.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
Like every recall (and there’ve been quite a few of them lately), if you find your buns on the list, it’s time to chuck ’em. You can also take recalled products back to the place of purchase for a full refund or return. The USDA warns buyers not to consume the buns under any circumstances and make sure to keep your cabinets clear of recalled products.
For questions about the buns recall, you can reach Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921. They’re available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM EST. You can also email them at your convenience.