Hot Dog Buns Sold at Walmart and Other Grocers Are Being Recalled For Choking Hazard


If you’re about to have a cookout, be sure to check the hamburger and hot dog buns to make sure they aren’t part of a big recall affecting multiple baked goods products.

Flower Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall of its products on July 9. The recall is “due to the potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production,” the company said. “Consumption of product may cause a choking hazard.”


Action was taken after the company discovered pieces of plastic in its equipment. But there have been no reports of injuries or any findings of plastic by consumers, the recall states.

The products, including hamburger buns, hotdog buns, dinner rolls and pull-apart BBQ bread, were sold in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

They were sold at various grocery retailers throughout these states, including such places as Walmart, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, IGA, Aldi and more. Go here to see a full list of UPC symbols and best-by dates to see if the baked goods in your pantry are affected. The affected products were sold under brand names that include Wonder, Nathan’s, Clover Valley, Flowers, Sunbeam, Nature’s Own and Oven Fresh.

If you purchased an affected bakery product, throw the product away or return it to where you bought it get a full refund. Consumers who have questions may call Flower Foods at (866) 245-8921.

Other Recalls

Recently, Growers Express issued a voluntary recall of multiple fresh vegetable products due to possible Listeria contamination. It was announced June 30.

Products include butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and butternut squash-based veggie bowl products under the brands Green Giant Fresh, Growers Express, Signature Farms and Trader Joe’s. Most of the affected products have best-by dates of June 26-29, 2019.

Growers Express

In mid-June, Townsend Farms, Inc. recalled Kroger Private Selection brand products with frozen blackberries. It also informed Costco that the company’s frozen Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend, which uses its berries, might be affected. There is concern about hepatitis A virus contamination.

The Kirkland product was sold in five states: California, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada and had best-by dates between February and May 2020. Kroger’s Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (48 oz.), Private Selection Frozen Triple Berry Medley (16 oz.), and Private Selection Frozen Blackberries (16 oz.), with best-by dates between June 19-July 7, 2020, were sold at all Kroger stores in the U.S.

Food & Drug Administration

Consumers are urged to discard any of these items if you find them in your freezer or pantry.

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