Duncan Hines is voluntarily recalling approximately 2.4 million boxes of cake mix that may be linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall, which includes four different varieties of mix (Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow), is currently being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
During a DNA analysis, the FDA found “that a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix that contained salmonella agbeni matched the salmonella collected from ill persons reported to the CDC.” The bacteria, which can lead to serious and sometimes even fatal infections, is responsible for 1.2 million illnesses each year in the United States, along with 450 deaths.
As of this morning, five incidences of salmonella thought to be linked to the Duncan Hines mixes have been documented by the CDC. In a statement released late Monday, Conagra Brands, the parent company of Duncan Hines, noted, “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.”
The four recalled varieties are the 15.25-ounce Duncan Hines boxes of cake mix with expiration dates between March 7-13, 2019. The specific product UPC codes are as follows:
- Classic White: 644209307500
- Classic Butter Golden: 644209307593
- Signature Confetti: 644209414550
- Classic Yellow: 644209307494
The products covered by this recall include 15.25oz boxes of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake, Yellow Cake, Butter Golden Cake & Signature Confetti Cake. Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store where purchased. pic.twitter.com/1Jb1UBvrlc
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) November 6, 2018
Currently, the CDC and FDA are investigating the Conagra plant just outside of Chicago, in Centralia, Ill., where the cake mixes were produced. However, the agencies have confirmed that no other Duncan Hines or Conagra Brands products are affected by the recall.
The FDA advises customers who bought any of these four mixes to throw away the product immediately or return it to the place where it was purchased. If you have questions regarding the recall, contact the Conagra Consumer Care team at 1-888-299-7646, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or visit duncanhines.com.