Conagra noted that some of the sick individuals could have eaten the mix raw rather than cooked. “Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter. Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour which can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling,” the Conagra statement said.
“While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution,” the company said.
The recalled cake mixes were distributed nationwide and to some international exporters. They are all 15.25 oz boxes of mix.
- The recalled confetti cake mix has best if used by dates of March 12 and 13, 2019 and the UPC code 644209414550.
“The FDA is advising consumers not to bake with or eat any recalled cake mix,” the agency said. Retailers should no longer sell these recalled mixes and consumers who have recalled mixes should contact Duncan Hines or the store where the mix was purchased for a refund.
The agency also reminded consumers to wash hands, utensils and work surfaces well after using raw batter. In addition, the FDA said, consumers should follow baking instructions and “never eat raw batter.”
As part of the ongoing investigation into the outbreak the FDA said it is inspecting the Conagra facility where the recalled cake mixes were produced and collecting environmental samples there.