2.4 Million Boxes of Duncan Hines Cake Mix Have Been Recalled
For those of us who are busy but love the taste of a homemade cake, box mix is a lifesaver. It eliminates all of mess that baking usually involves. While there are many brands of box cake mix available, Duncan Hines is a popular option. Duncan Hines is a staple in grocery stores and pantries all over the country and beyond. Currently, the company is dealing with a potential outbreak of salmonella. Conagra Brands is working with the FDA and the CDC. There is currently a salmonella outbreak, and they could possibly be a link. While they figure everything out, Conagra is voluntarily pulling products from the shelves.
So far, they are identifying one specific type of cake mix; Classic White. Conagra is also pulling three other flavors to be safe. Those flavors are: Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Golden. The three additional varieties were made at the same time. They do not believe these are dangerous, it is merely for safety. Luckily, the recall isn’t affecting any other Duncan Hines products. Conagra confirms distributing the cake mix across the U.S and a few international markets. They are using the UPC codes and expiration dates as the way to identify the products in the recall.
Currently, there are five cases of illness due to salmonella. The CDC and FDA are researching these cases. Salmonella can be very serious. Healthy people affected can experience painful physical symptoms. These can include: fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Young children, the elderly or people with weak immune systems are can suffer from even more severe symptoms. For those who are medically fragile, salmonella can be deadly.
The Conagra report states some people ate raw cake mix. Not baking your cake mix before eating it is a common way of contracting salmonella poisoning. As delicious as it tastes, you need to bake your cake mix! Yes, sometimes it can be totally harmless, but there is always a danger.
Conagra is urging those who have recently purchased those cake mixes to return them to the place of purchase. If you’re unsure, you can check the chart below for product the product’s UPC and expiration date.
Conagra is also making sure there is no further distribution of potentially affected products on shelves.