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Hamburger and hot dog buns recalled across 18 states over possible ‘hard plastic’ contamination 

Dozens of hamburger and hot dog buns recalled across 18 states over fears they contain bits of ‘hard plastic’

  • Flower Foods Inc recalled 57 different types of  hamburger and hot dog buns
  • ‘Small pieces’ of hard plastic were reportedly found in the production equipment
  • They were sold at stores such as Aldi, Publix and Walmart across 18 states 
  • No one has reported any injuries or illnesses from consuming the buns 

Several brands of hamburger and hot dog buns have been recalled over fears they may contain bits of plastic.

Flower Foods Inc, based in Georgia, issued the voluntary recall after the company found ‘small pieces of hard plastic’ in its production equipment, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a release on Wednesday.

In total, 57 hamburgers buns, hot dog buns, bratwurst buns, dinner rolls and pull-a-part barbecue bread were recalled across 18 states.

Health officials say no one has reported any injuries or illnesses yet from consuming the buns or rolls. 

Several brand name hamburger and hot dogs buns including 7-Eleven, Great Value, Nature’s Own, Publix and Wonder (pictured) over fears they may be contaminated with ‘hard plastic’.

Flower Foods says the recall is precautionary because if the buns do contain plastic, they ‘may cause a choking hazard’.

It remains unclear how the plastic got into the production equipment and the type of plastic that was found. 

Some of the recalled products were sold under brand names such as 7-Eleven, Food Depot, Great Value, Nature’s Own, Publix and Wonder.   

The recalled buns had best-if-used by dates of July 18, 2019 or July 19, 2019. 

About 75 lots are affected and specific lot numbers for each recalled product can viewed on the FDA website. 

Affected states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. 

The buns – packed in either eight-count or 12-count packages – were sold at several stores across the country including 7-Eleven, Aldi, Publix, Sam’s Club and Walmart.  

Customers are urged not to consume the products and either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.   

Anyone with questions have been asked to contact Flowers Foods’ Consumer Relations Center at (866) 245-8921 during business hours.  

Flower Foods did not immediately return’s request for comment. 

This is the latest in a series of recalls of food products due to plastic contamination.

In April, Michigan-based company JBS Plainwell recalled more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef products after consumers found ‘green hard plastic’.

That same month, Tyson Foods recalled more than 20,000 pounds of frozen beef patties after two customers found bits of ‘soft purple plastic’.


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