Duncan Hines Cake Mix Recall: FDA Probes Salmonella Risk

Some 2.4 million boxes of Duncan Hines cake mixes are being recalled nationwide after one flavor tested positive for salmonella, according to federal health officials and Conagra Brands, the food conglomerate that recently purchased the popular cake brand, CBS reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of five illnesses, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Reports of additional illnesses are expected due to time lags between when an illness occurs and when the CDC receives confirmed lab results.

“The FDA is investigating the manufacturing facility that made recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes,” an announcement posted late Monday by the agency stated.

“FDA and the CDC informed Conagra Brands that a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix that contained Salmonella Agbeni matched the Salmonella collected from ill persons reported to the CDC. This was determined through Whole Genome Sequencing, a type of DNA analysis.”

The recall involves approximately 2.4 million boxes of the cake mixes, a Conagra spokesperson emailed CBS MoneyWatch.

The CDC is interviewing people sickened by the salmonella bacteria to determine if they’d eaten Duncan Hines cake mixes before getting sick.

“Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked,” the recall notice stated.

Consumers with questions can call Conagra at 888-299-7646 or visit www.duncanhines.com.

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