Hamburger, Hot Dog Buns Recalled

If you bought any hamburger or hot dog buns recently, check the package. Flower Foods has recalled these and other types of bread products with best by dates of July 18 and July 19 because they may contain pieces of hard plastic. The recall includes more than 50 varieties of buns that were shipped to 18 states.

According to the company, it initiated the recall because it found small plastic pieces in its production equipment. No injuries have been reported, but plastic bits in food can damage your teeth or mouth, or present a choking hazard, says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports. 

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The brands being recalled include 7-Eleven, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Sunbeam, and Wonder. (For a full list, see The Details, below. For UPC codes and lot numbers, see the Food and Drug Administration website.) This recall affects only products shipped to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

If you have purchased these products, don’t eat them, Rogers says. Throw them out or return them to the store for a refund. 

The Details

The problem: Hot dog and hamburger buns and other types of bread products produced by Flower Foods may contain small, hard plastic pieces. Below is a list of the products. All have a best by date of July 18 or 19 and were shipped to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more specifics, such as UPC codes and package sizes, see the list on the FDA website.

• 7-Eleven Hamburger Buns
• Bravo Hamburger Buns
• CBC Nathans Hamburger Buns
• Clover Valley Hamburger Buns
• Clover Valley Hot Dog Buns
• Family Style Hamburger Buns
• Family Style Hot Dog Buns
• Flowers Bratwurst Buns
• Flowers 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
• Flowers BBQ Bread
• Flowers Enriched Rolls
• Flowers Restaurant Hot Dog Buns
• Food Depot Hamburger Buns
• Food Depot Hot Dog Buns
• Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
• Great Value Hamburger Buns
• Great Value Hot Dog Buns
• Grissom’s Mill Hamburger Buns
• Hitchcock’s Hamburger Buns
• Home Pride Hamburger Buns
• Ideal Hamburger Buns
• Ideal Hot Dog Buns
• IGA Hamburger Buns
• IGA Hot Dog Buns
• Ingles BBQ Bread
• Laura Lynn Hamburger Buns
• Laura Lynn Hot Dog Buns
• Laura Lynn Dinner Rolls
• L’Oven Fresh Kaiser Buns
• Market Pantry Hamburger Buns
• Market Pantry Hot Dog Buns
• Members Mark Hamburger Buns
• Natural Grain Hamburger Buns
• Natural Grain Hot Dog Buns
• Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
• Nature’s Own Butter Hamburger Buns
• Oven Fresh Hamburger Buns
• Oven Fresh Hot Dog Buns
• Piggly Wiggly Hamburger Buns
• Piggly Wiggly Hot Dog Buns
• Publix Brown & Serve Rolls
• Publix Hamburger Buns
• Publix Hot Dog Buns
• SE Grocers Hamburger Buns
• SE Grocers Hot Dog Buns
• Sedano’s Hamburger Buns
• Sunbeam Hamburger Buns
• Sunbeam Hot Dog Buns
• WM Hamburger Buns (Pan Para Sandwich)
• Wonder Dinner Rolls
• Wonder Hamburger Buns
• Wonder Honey Hamburger Buns
• Wonder Hot Dog Buns
• Wonder Pull A-Part BBQ Bread

The fix: Don’t eat the products. Throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 866-245-8921 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Or email the company at flowersfoods.com/contact/consumers.

How to report problems with food: If you find a foreign substance or experience foodborne illness, you can report it to your local health department, contact your state’s Food and Drug Administration Consumer Complaint Coordinator, or call the FDA at 866-300-4374. Report problems with meat, poultry, and processed egg products to the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection service on its website or by phone to the USDA at 888-674-6854.