Recall: 4 Duncan Hines cake mixes linked to salmonella outbreak

duncan hines cake mix packages
Duncan Hines cake mix packages included in recall. Source: FDA

Conagra Brands says they are collaborating with health officials in connection to 5 reports of illnesses due to salmonella that have been associated with their Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix available in grocery stores around the US.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) say they informed Conagra Brands that a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix were contaminated with salmonella that matched salmonella collected from ill persons reported to the CDC.

The products covered by this recall are identified as follows.

Product Description & Brand Product UPC Best If Used By Date
(located on top of box)
Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25oz. 644209307500 MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25oz. 644209307494 MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25oz. 644209307593 MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25oz. 644209414550 MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
duncan hines cake mix top of package code location
Location of code date on the top of Duncan Hines cake mix packages included in recall. Source: FDA
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The FDA is advising consumers not to bake with or eat any of the recalled cake mixes. If already purchased, consumers should throw it away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

According to an announcement from the FDA,

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is higher than the rate in all other people. Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.

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