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Pillsbury Flour Recall Lawsuit: Get the Right Lawyer

March 12, 2019 – The producers of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour have announced a nationwide recall for more than 12,000 cases sold to retailers and supermarket chains, after a routine inspection by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) found salmonella bacteria in some of the samples.
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The FSIS has announced that the recalled batches of Pillsbury flour, which typically consist of 8 bags weighing 5 pounds each in every case, were predominantly distributed to Publix and Winn-Dixie stores. These recalled cases are marked with best if used by dates of April 19, 2020, or April 20, 2020.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a confirmable case of salmonella infection, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice about the Pillsbury Flour Recall on Monday; however, the agency listed the action as a Class II Recall, which means that it is monitoring the situation but has not issued a formal alert.

This is at least the second major recall issued for flour products this year. In January, Gold Medal recalled 5-pound bags of its unbleached flour with a sell-by date of April 20, 2020.

Salmonella Symptoms

Most people with a salmonella infection, or salmonellosis, develop varying degrees of the following signs and symptoms 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Salmonellosis typically lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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How Does Salmonella Get Into Flour?

Salmonella is an extremely resilient bacteria that will adapt to tolerate whatever stress it’s exposed to. If that stress is dry conditions, as is the case with flour manufacturing, the strain will quickly learn to thrive in it. Dry heat actually makes salmonella more persistent in a food product or ingredient.

Thriving in dry heat is also how salmonella ends up in cooked and packaged dry goods like cereals and crackers, as evidenced by the Ritz Cracker and Honey Smacks cereal salmonella recalls of 2018. If salmonella is exposed to dry environments, the bacteria is better able to resist heat treatment.

Salmonella is also present in animal intestines, and contamination in food often comes from contact with feces. Feces can end up in processed dry-food products through contamination at the processing plant, or in the case of wheat flour, it can be due to the presence of feces in the fields where the grain was grown.

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Do I Have a Pillsbury Flour Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Pillsbury Flour Recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new salmonella cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got sick after eating a product that contained Pillsbury flour, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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