Due to an FDA investigation over a possible salmonella outbreak, food manufacturer ConAgra Foods announced it would be pulling certain types of their Duncan Hines cake mix brand, after the bacterium salmonella was found to be present in their White Cake mix. According to an article posted online by USA Today, ConAgra is pulling 2.4 million boxes of mix as a result due to “an abundance of caution” in a statement released by the company. The other types of Duncan Hines mixes pulled from shelves are the Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow which were produced during the same time period as the contaminated White Mix. The mixes were primarily sold throughout the U.S. however it is unknown exactly which states are affected by the recall at this time.
Salmonella is a type of bacterium which is commonly found in under cooked items like raw meat or eggs. It is known to cause severe cramping, diarrhea, as well as fever. Many people develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after ingesting food with the bacteria present or handling items still with the bacteria. In serious cases, hospitalization may be required. Five cases of salmonella are currently being looked into, with many people reporting that they ate the cake mix before becoming sick. The FDA mentioned that some cases may involve those who ate the mix raw and not baked. Those who did buy the mix are being urged not to eat them and return the items to where they were originally purchased.
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