A Salmonella Outbreak Could Be Affecting Your Favorite Baked Goods

Salmonella can affect more than you think.

Unfortunately, food-borne illness can affect way more than eggs and raw meat. Flowers Foods, Inc., which produces baked goods under a number of different brand names, has voluntarily recalled some bread and Swiss rolls due to a potential salmonella contamination. The affected brands were sold at several national retailers, including Walmart and Food Lion, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. (Click here for everything you need to know about salmonella.)

What Brands Have Been Recalled?

In this case, the issue is with the whey powder used to bake the items. The Swiss roll brands included in the recall are Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, Great Value, as well as Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread.

The recalled products include best-by dates in September and October. For the Great Value products sold at Walmart, the affected products have best-by dates from September 17 to September 25. For a full list of product UPC numbers included in the recall, check out Flower Foods’ press release.

What Should I Do If I Have One of the Products?

If you have any foods that may be affected by the recall, Flowers Foods, Inc. encourages you to throw them away or to return them to the store for a full refund.

Even though no illnesses have been reported so far, it’s important to stay safe when it comes to food poisoning caused by Salmonella. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, and they can show up anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after eating an affected food. Households that include elderly family members or young children should be especially careful, as salmonella can be more serious in those age groups, Flowers Foods, Inc. noted.

Food-borne illness can be serious, but don’t let reports like these scare you out of eating fresh foods. Practicing safe cooking methods, including cooking raw meat and eggs to food-safe temperatures, can go a long way in preventing salmonella. And if you do have any of the affected baked goods in question, don’t risk your health — take them back to the store.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan is an entertainment and lifestyle writer with a soft spot for nostalgic snack foods. Whether it's a new Pop-Tarts flavor or a new menu item at Taco Bell, there's nothing she won't try in the name of research... or just in the name of a junk food craving.