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Hot dogs and hamburgers are summer staples, and if you’re like me, you want to soak up the last of the summer rays with some close friends and socially distant backyard barbecues.

However, you might want to be careful when buying your hamburger or hotdog buns as the Food and Drug Administration has announced that Hostess Brands recalled some of their products, fearing that they may have been contaminated with either salmonella or listeria – bacterias which can cause some awful health problems.

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So far, there have been no illnesses reported. However, the issue was flagged with Hostess Brands when their co-manufacturer, Best Harvest Bakeries, found some issues with their environmental monitoring program. To be safe, they recalled the items in order to prevent any potential illnesses.

The affected items were limited to the Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and the Soft White Hot Dog Buns – both items which are typically sold to distributors, convenience stores, and other retail stores across the US.

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The specific item codes, batch numbers, and best by dates are all listed on the FDA’s website. None of Hostess’s other breads or baked goods have been affected.

Listeria and Salmonella both are bacterias that can cause a lot of awful symptoms, such as fever, severe headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. They can be particularly dangerous to young kids, people with weakened immune systems, or the elderly.

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If you happen to have either the Hostess Hot Dog Buns or Hamburger Buns at home you want to throw them out right away if their codes and best by dates match those of the recalled items. You can also return the recalled items to the location where you bought them for a full refund. In addition, you can call Hostess directly on 1-800-483-7253.

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