- Four types of Duncan Hines cake mix are being recalled.
- A sample of one of its mixes tested positive for Salmonella.
- It’s unclear whether it is connected to a recent outbreak.
Duncan Hines is recalling four different types of cake mix because of potential Salmonella contamination, its parent company Conagra Brands announced in a statement Monday. The products affected are the Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti, and Classic Yellow.
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The company decided to start the recall because a sample of their Classic White mix tested positive for Salmonella. The mixes may be linked to a recent outbreak being investigated by health officials. It has not been proven yet if the product is linked to the outbreak, but the company is recalling the products voluntarily "out of an abundance of caution," the statement noted.
The Food and Drug Administration is inspecting the facility where the cake mixes were made and collecting samples, CNN reports. The outbreak being investigated has caused five people to report illness.
Duncan Hines warned customers to avoid eating raw cake batter, as it can contain bacteria that ends up being killed through the baking process. So it's safe to eat once baked, but can carry risk when it's raw, especially when it contains eggs or butter. Several people infected by Salmonella in this specific outbreak reported eating cake mix at some point before getting sick, and some of them ate raw cake batter.
Most people infected with Salmonella suffer symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, The Centers for Disease Control notes. Most people recover in about a week without treatment, but elderly people, infants, and people with vulnerable immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
Only specific boxes of the four cake mixes are affected by the recall, and you can check Conagra Brands’ website for specific details. Make sure to check your box’s UPC code and Best If Used By date to see if your cake mix is affected — and if it is, don’t consume it and instead return it to the store where you bought it.