Hostess Recalls Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Nationwide Due To Salmonella and Listeria Fears

by Matthew Memrick

Hostess Brands issued a nationwide recall for its burger and hot dog buns over salmonella and listeria concerns on Monday.

The Hill said the Lenexa, Kansas-based company issued the voluntary recall on Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Hostess Soft White Hot Dog Buns.

The Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory for the items. The “Best By” dates on the bags run from Aug. 13 through the end of September or early October. WBIW News has a specific list of the buns and their item UPC and batch numbers here.

Salmonella, Listeria Can Produce Illnesses 

The Centers for Disease Control defines salmonella infections as when a person eats bacteria mixed with water or food. People can also get sick from the disease when they come in contact with feces or animals. With listeria, eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause infections.

Contaminated food will affect people differently. For example, healthier folks may experience milder or short-term symptoms like nausea or diarrhea.

However, those with weaker immune systems can have worse reactions, severe infections, or even die from the infected food. Young children and older adults are at risk. Pregnant women could suffer from miscarriages and stillbirths if they eat these buns. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs of salmonella infection include nausea. Other symptoms include vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and bloody stool. Most see symptoms within eight to 72 hours after consumption, and these symptoms generally last between two and seven days.

As for listeria, affected people report symptoms one to four weeks after consuming contaminated food. Some may see symptoms start as soon as the same day as exposure or as late as 70 days.

Hostess Recalls Buns Out of Salmonella “Caution”

According to the FDA advisory, the company said it was making a move “out of an abundance of caution” after Best Harvest Bakeries, its co-manufacturer, came across the issue in its monitoring. Hostess had not heard of any reports of illness.

According to Food Safety News, no other Hostess item is part of the recall because Best Harvest Bakeries only makes specific hamburger and hot dog buns. Convenience stores, distributors, and other stores sell the buns.

The FDA asks customers to throw away the identified product or go back to the store for a full refund.

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According to a 2012 Food Safety Magazine article, a recall can cost upwards of $10 million. From 2012 to 2017, the number of food recalls drastically jumped four times within that number of years. 

The number of food recalls in the U.S. has shown a dramatic increase in the last few years, jumping four-fold over the number just five years ago. Just this month, the FDA has issued other salmonella, and other bacteria recalls with shrimp, BAR-B-Q Potato Chips and ultrasound gel.