Duncan Hines Cake Mix Salmonella Recall List: How to Know If Your Cake Mix Might Make You Sick

Anyone with cake mix sitting in their pantry should check to make sure that it wasn't recently recalled. Four different flavors of cake mix from Duncan Hines were recalled Monday because the mix is possibly contaminated with salmonella, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.

Duncan Hines is owned by Conagra Brands and the company voluntarily issued a recall on the Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow cake mixes. No direct connection has been drawn between the mixes and an outbreak of salmonella but the recall was issued out of “an abundance of caution,” according to the release from the FDA.

There are five cases of Salmonella that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the FDA are investigating, according to the FDA. The CDC and FDA are investigating the cake mixes because, “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,” said the FDA.

The cake mix is the only product from Conagra and Duncan Hines that was recalled by the two. The mixes are being sold in stores through the United States. The UPC code, or the universal product code, is the numbered barcode found on products that identify the product. The UPCs on the products that were recalled are as follows:

Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25 oz. 644209307500

Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25 oz. 644209307494

Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25 oz. 644209307593

Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25 oz. 644209414550

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes more than 1.2 million cases of illness in the U.S. each year with roughly 450 deaths, according to the CDC. When someone is infected with the bacteria they develop salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Those symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of the infection occurring.

Usually, people who get sick with salmonellosis will mend on their own in four to seven days, but occasionally people will have complications and need medical attention. Those complications sometimes involve the infection spreading to the intestine or the blood in the body. This can be treated with antibiotics but can sometimes lead to death if not treated promptly.

salmonella Salmonella seen up close. The bacteria might be present in cake mixes from Duncan Hines. Janice Haney Carr/CDC

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