This Popular Cake Mix Was Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Please check your pantry for any Duncan Hines cake mix that's subject to a voluntary recall.

It’s hard to argue against keeping a box cake mix of on hand. It’s so convenient because all sorts of dessert recipes start with cake mix, plus it’s nice to be able to bake the cake itself. But four types of Duncan Hines cake mix are subject to recall by the manufacturer, Conagra Brands, due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

It’s not even the most surprising recall from 2018—this is what takes the cake.

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Here’s What Duncan Hines Cake Mix Is Affected

The flavors subject to recall are Classic White, Classic Yellow, Butter Yellow and Signature Confetti. In each case, a contaminated box would have the following Best If Used By Dates (on the top of the box) and UPCs:

Product Description & BrandProduct UPCBest If Used By Date
Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25oz.644209307500MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25oz.644209307494MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25oz.644209307593MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25oz.644209414550MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019

To help you check, here are photos of the recalled cake mix.

What to Do If You Bought This Cake Mix

Please check your cupboard or pantry for any of the box mixes above. If you find them, don’t eat them. Either toss them in the trash or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

What Happened Here?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) learned that some people affected by a small Salmonella outbreak (affecting five individuals) had eaten cake mix before becoming sick—both baked and as batter.

Can You Eat Raw Cake Batter?

The FDA and CDC recommend against consuming raw batter. In general, cake mix uses ingredients (including eggs and flour) that carry risks of contamination. Because cooking to the proper temperature can render bacteria harmless, it’s important to follow baking instructions. In addition, it’s good practice to wash your hands, work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after having contact with raw batter.

Wondering how to keep your family safe from foodborne illness? Use this app to stay abreast of current food recalls.

Lauren Cahn
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