updated 7/29/2007 2:41:13 PM ET 2007-07-29T18:41:13

Sara Lee Corp. is recalling 27 whole wheat bread products because they could contain small metal pieces, the company said Friday.

A recent routine inspection of a bakery in Meridian, Miss., uncovered problems with a flour sifting screen, said company spokesman Mark Goldman.

The machine was "not up to our specification and raised the possibility some metal could have dislodged," Goldman said.

The problem was isolated to the Meridian bakery, which continued production using bagged flour that did not require the sifting system, Goldman said.

The recall involves EarthGrains, Publix, Sara Lee Delightful, Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious and several other brands that were stamped "best if purchased by" between the dates of July 25, 2007, and Aug. 7, 2007 and included the code "222."

The recall includes 27 products that are made under 13 brands. The products were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Consumers can return the bread to the store where it was purchased for a refund, Downers Grove, Ill.-based Sara Lee said.

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