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Aug 19, 2021
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Hostess Recalls Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Over Risk of Salmonella and Listeria. The nationwide recall extends to grocery and convenience stores.

Hostess Brands, LLC voluntarily recalled Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Soft White Hot Dog Buns because they may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria, the Food and Drug Administration announced earlier this week. The products were distributed nationwide to grocery and convenience stores. No illnesses have been reported.

“One concern is that consumers may have these products at home right now, because some of the ’best buy’ dates run into early October,” says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety and testing at Consumer Reports. “Check the UPC codes because you can’t tell if a food is contaminated with listeria or salmonella just by looking at it or smelling it.” Throw the products away or return them to the store where you bought them for a refund.

The UPC codes are 888109110987 for the hamburger buns and 888109110970 for the hot dog buns. You can find more information on the FDA’s website.

Both Salmonella and Listeria can cause foodborne illness and both can be particularly harmful to children, older people, and those with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeria can cause miscarriages in pregnant people.

Symptoms of listeria and salmonella can be similar: fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain. Listeria can also cause severe headaches and stiffness.

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