During an investigation into a salmonella outbreak, the Food And Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found salmonella in a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix, according to USA Today.
⚠️ RECALL ALERT ⚠️ @US_FDA and @CDCgov are investigating 5 Salmonella cases that may be linked to Duncan Hines cake mix. If you've purchased any of the items below, do not consume them and return them to the store where purchased. https://t.co/KDRXLkuubd pic.twitter.com/NXFKdJYX9r— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) November 6, 2018
As a result, Conagra said that as a precautionary measure, it has voluntarily recalled about 2.4 million boxes of cake mix, including Classic White and three other varieties-- Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow, made during the same time period.
"We are recalling these products out of an abundance of caution and always encourage consumers to follow baking instructions provided," the company said in a statement to USA TODAY.
The people involved reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and the FDA said in a press release that some may have consumed these products raw and not baked. Five cases of salmonella are being investigated. The cake mixes were primarily distributed for retail sale in the U.S. No other Duncan Hines products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by the recall. All of the cake mixes, sold in 15.25-ounce packages, with expiration dates between March 7-13, 2019.
Each had a different UPC code:
- Duncan Hines Classic White Cake (644209307500)
- Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake (644209307494)
- Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake (644209307593)
- Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake (644209414550)
Consumers who have bought the mixes are advised not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions can call Conagra Brands at 1-888-299-7646, between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday or visit www.duncanhines.com.
The FDA is warning consumers not to consume raw cake mix batter because mixes can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour that can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. After cooking, consumers should wash their hands, work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw batter products, the agency says.
According to the CDC, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the U.S. each year. Most people infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after contact with the bacteria. So, better take a look in your pantry for any recalled cake mix.