Federal officials are working with Conagra Brands to investigate Salmonella infections associated with many of the Duncan Hines brand cake mixes. The food giant today recalled some of the mixes because one flavor tested positive 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. Check for the “best if used by dates” of March of 2019.
Products in Recall
- Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25 oz.
- UPC: 644209307500
- Best if used by dates: Mar 7 2019, Mar 8 2019, Mar 9 2019, Mar 10 2019, Mar 12 2019, Mar 13 2019
- Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25 oz.
- UPC: 644209307494
- Best if used by dates: Mar 9 2019, Mar 10 2019, Mar 12 2019, Mar 13 2019
- Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25 oz.
- UPC: 644209307593
- Best if used by dates: Mar 7 2019, Mar 8 2019, Mar 9 2019
- Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25 oz.
- UPC: 644209414550
- Best if used by dates: Mar 12 2019, Mar 13 2019
Why the Recall?
Five occurrences of illnesses due to Salmonella are being researched by CDC and FDA as part of this investigation. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked. I know how yummy it is, but here is your PSA for today… do not consume raw batter… for this very reason!
What to Do.
Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store where originally purchased. Conagra Brands is cooperating with the FDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Care team at 1-888-299-7646, open 9 am through 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday or visit www.duncanhines.com.