Don’t Pack a Lunch Until You Check These Items
Been to the store lately to pick up some buns for a family get together or dinner tonight? If so, listen up. The latest food recall includes picnic-friendly foods, including hamburger and hot dog buns. Flowers Foods Inc. announced a voluntary recall of bread and bakery products due to possible contamination of small plastic pieces being found in some ingredients. Learn more about exactly where these buns were sold and what to do next.
Why a Recall?
The recall was issued because the plastic can damage or cut teeth or other areas inside the mouth. In addition, larger pieces could pose a choking hazard.
There is no study in place that identifies what the long-term effects could be of ingesting these particular plastic pieces. Therefore it’s better to err on the side of caution. If these items are in the pantry — don’t consume.
Which Buns Are Affected?
On July 9th, 2019 Flowers Foods announced the most recent recall. Now is the time to check those pantry shelves for several name brands that fall under the Flowers Foods bakery product line. This includes:
- Oven Fresh
- Nature’s Own
These are just a few of the brands affected. Check out the FDA site for a complete list of names, product UPCs, lot numbers and best-by dates.
These buns were sold in several states including Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia as well as many more.
What to Do?
Throw them away or take the products back to the store where you purchased them from for a full refund or store exchange. Consumers can also contact Flower’s Consumer Relations Center for further inquiries at 866-245-8921.
Keep Food Safety in Mind
Picnic enthusiasts always worry about keeping foods safe in hot weather and with cross-contamination of other food items. But there are several food items that are contaminated before they reach the hands of consumers — this is where a recall comes in. Some can cause the following problems:
- Undeclared allergens
- Lack of assurance of sterility
- Contamination of plastic, hair or metal particles or pieces
Whether it’s a picnic lunch for 2 or 20, keeping food sources safe at all costs is vital to healthy living. It’s important to stay connected with the USDA and local food sources to be alerted quickly about recalls and foodborne illness alerts.
Food brings people together. Make each event and picnic memorable by knowing that the food being ingested is safe and healthy for everyone!
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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