Duncan Hines is recalling some of its cake mixes over salmonella concerns

Conagra Brands has issued a voluntary recall for several of their cake mixes. They distributed them nationally and on a limited international scale.

The FDA confirmed that five salmonella cases appeared to result from eating the cake mix. Some persons did eat the batter raw, which the FDA is warning against.

According to Conagra, the sick individuals all told health officials that they consumed cake mix before getting ill. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the matter.

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Meanwhile, the company has decided to recall the culprit: Duncan Hines Classic White. They are also recalling three other types: Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow. The latter three were manufactured within the same period as the Classic White.

They released a statement:

"While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution."

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. More severe cases involve arterial infections and illnesses such as endocarditis and arthritis. Children, sickly, or elderly people are more susceptible to serious infections.

Infected persons will notice symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after consumption. Less severe cases can go untreated and disappear after four to seven days.

The affected individuals may have consumed raw cake mix, increasing their chances of getting sick. The batter contains ingredients like eggs, flour which may hold bacteria and should be baked, fried, or boiled.

Conagra explained:

"Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter. Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour which can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling."

The following are a list of the recalled products, all of which are 15.25-ounce boxes:

  • The recalled white cake mix has best if used by dates of March 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13, 2019 and the UPC code 644209307500.
  • The recalled yellow cake mix has best if used by dates of March 9, 10, 12 and 13, 2019 and the UPC code 644209307494.
  • The recalled butter golden cake mix has best if used by dates of March 7, 8 and 9, 2019 and the UPC code 644209307593.
  • The recalled confetti cake mix has best if used by dates of March 12 and 13, 2019 and the UPC code 644209414550.

The FDA is collecting environmental samples from the Conagra facility where they produced the mixes.

Just last month, Johnston County Hams recalled 89,000 pounds of their ham products. One person died and three others were hospitalized.

The company produced the items between April 2017 and October 2018. They led to a bacterial infection called listeriosis. It causes sepsis, meningitis, encephalitis, and can lead to death.

The items recalled were "Johnston County Hams Inc., Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham," "Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked," and "Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country Ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar."

The products were distributed to retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, and Virginia.

In the case of the cake mixes, the items were sold throughout the United States and exported internationally. No others products aside from the above listed were impacted.

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