An outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in Duncan Hines cake mix. However, the outbreak investigation did not produce other information needed to determine whether the cake mix was linked to the Salmonella illnesses.
This outbreak included seven ill people from five states: Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. None of the ill people were hospitalized, and none died.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 13 to October 5, 2018.
This outbreak appears to be over, but the CDC continues to remind people to check for recalled cake mixes and throw them away.
Advice to Consumers
- In general, the CDC advises against eating any raw dough or batter, whether homemade or from a mix. Raw batter can contain germs that could make you sick.
- Do not bake with or eat recalled Duncan Hines cake mix, or eat cake prepared with the recalled mix. Throw the mix away or return it to the store for a refund.
Recalled products include 15.25 oz. boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix in
• Classic White
• Classic Yellow Cake
• Classic Butter Golden Cake
• Confetti Cake flavors, with various “best if used by” dates ranging from March 7 to 13, 2019.
- Check the FDA website for information to identify recalled mixes and a list of “best if used by” dates for each flavor of the recalled mixes, and product photos.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled cake mix.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.