Unfortunately, if you are planning on baking a quick and easy chocolate cake tonight during your Netflix or Hulu hour (along with a good glass of wine), you might want to check your pantry first. That’s because there is a new report that says Duncan Hines has ordered a recall of several varieties of cake mixes.
According to NBC News, the voluntary recall was issued by Conagra Brands due to a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix. To make matters worse, the recall may be linked to the Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and FDA.
The recalled cake mixes were distributed nationwide and to some international exporters. They are all 15.25 oz boxes of mix. The brand’s “Classic White,” “Classic Butter Golden,” “Signature Confetti” and” Classic Yellow” are being targeted in the voluntary recall by maker Conagra Brands.
FDA and Conagra had this to say in a joint 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. Five occurrences of illnesses due to Salmonella are being researched by CDC and FDA as part of this investigation.”
In addition, DNA fingerprints suggests that the sample of the cake mix matches the DNA fingerprint identified by the CDC in five cases of salmonella illness. There’s a strong possibility that those individuals who have gotten sick might have eaten the mix raw rather than cooked, although that is yet to be confirmed.
Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning usually begin 12-72 hours after infection. Diarrhea (which is usually loose or bloody), abdominal cramping and pains, and fever are common symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and muscle aches may occur. If you think you have salmonella or are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately. With that being said though, most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.
The specific packages being recalled have varying expiration dates in March, 2019.Consumers who have bought these products are being advised to return them to the store where they were originally purchased for a refund.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can contact Duncan Hines directly by sending them a message on their website.