Bags of Unger’s Pearled Barley that bear the code 9 28017 stamped on the side of the bag have been found to be infested and have been recalled. They should either be returned to the place of purchase, or should be checked very carefully. To check them, place a small pile of barley – an ounce or two at a time – on a white paper plate (not plastic, which creates a shine) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or credit card to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package.
Consumers who will store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store such products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation.