After salmonella was found in a box of Duncan Hines cake mixes, Colagos recalled four types of nested cake mixes from food production.
Salmonella found in the cake mix may be related to an outbreak being investigated by the FDA and the CDC.
Monday's FDA update said Salmonella Agbeni, found in a Duncan Hines Classic White Cake mix, was equivalent to salmonella collected from sick individuals reported to the CDC. This was determined by Whole Genome Sequencing, a type of DNA analysis. "
Conagra's in-house recall notice, issued by the FDA, says, "While it has not yet been definitively concluded that this product is associated with the outbreak, the investigation is ongoing. Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow), which were used with caution during the same period. "
All boxes are 15.25 ounces. The best-by dates found at the top of the box are the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th or 13th of March 2019 for the Classic White. 9th, 10th, 12th or 13th March 2019 for Classic Yellow; 7, 8 or 9 March for Classic Butter Golden Cake; and March 12 or 13, 2019 for Signature Confetti Cake. The boxes went to stores nationwide and to some places abroad.
Consumers who own these boxes must return them to the store for a full refund. Those with questions can call Conagra at 1-888-299-7646 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern time Monday through Friday).
The communication states that five outbreaks of salmonella have occurred in the investigated outbreak.
"Several people said they had a cake mix at some point prior to the illness, and some also consumed these products raw and not baked," the letter says. "Consumers are reminded not to consume raw dough. Cake mixes and dough can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour, which may endanger bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, roasting or cooking. "
Thorough washing of the hands and surfaces after working with raw dough prevents the spread of Salmonella.
Salmonella is one of the most common food-borne diseases that causes fever, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and vomiting every year to 1.2 million people in the United States. About 23,000 suffer from bloody diarrhea so much that they have to be hospitalized. Older people, children under the age of 5, and those with a weakened immune system tend to suffer most from salmonella.