PSA: Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled Due to Salmonella

Your box could be one of the 2.4 million affected.

By Ethan L. Johns
November 06, 2018

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Looking to bake some cakes this week? You might want to consider making them from scratch.

On Monday, packaged foods giant Conagra Brands announced a recall of four different labels of Duncan Hines cake mix, after one of them tested positive for a contagious strain of salmonella.

Linked to the recall were five cases of salmonella-related illness, which are now being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

The cake mix recall amounts to 2.4 million boxes, according to USA Today, and includes “Classic White,” “Classic Yellow,” “Classic Butter Golden” and “Signature Confetti” cake mixes with Best if Used By Dates ranging from March 7th to March 13th.

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A full list of affected products is available in a press release.

Salmonella infection typically manifests itself 12 to 72 hours after it is consumed. Anyone displaying symptoms that include diarrhea, fever and/or abdominal cramps should see a doctor. Salmonella infection can last from four to seven days, and presents an increased risk for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

If the cake mix in your cupboards doesn’t match the ones being recalled, then let this serve as a reminder: you should avoid eating cake batter without cooking it first.


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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns