Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

Lloyd Doyle
June 18, 2019

Thousands of bags of Pillsbury flour have been recalled after some tested positive for E. coli.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the recall due to the potential presence of E. coli bacteria that can cause diarrhea.

Last week, 14,000 cases of flour made by King Arthur Flour Inc. was recalled because of E. coli fears.

There have been no reports of illnesses from Pillsbury products, but the Centers for Disease Control has included the recall on its information page regarding the E. coli outbreak.

Approximately 4,620 cases of impacted cases were distributed to retailers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The products being recalled have UPC codes of 051500200315, lot codes of either 8342 or 8343 and use by dates of either June 8, 2020, or June 9, 2020. In a new bulletin issued by the FDA, the company explains how to identify the possibly-tainted flour.


The 17 illnesses reported so far in the E. coli outbreak includes one case in New Jersey, two in Pennsylvania and five in NY.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17 people have been infected with the strain of E. coli O26 in eight states from December 2018 until April 2019.

In some cases, individuals may develop a serious illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can result in kidney failure, stroke and death.

Certain wheat used to make the flour has been linked to E. coli illneses associated with other flour products.

In its investigation details, CDC said that it interviewed seven people suffering from the infection and out of these "four (57%) reported eating, licking, or tasting raw, homemade dough or batter".

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