CHICAGO – After five people contracted Salmonella, possibly from a popular retail cake mix, Conagra Brands is voluntarily recalling four flavors of its Duncan Hines cake mixes.
Those cake mixes included Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow.
A retail sample of the Duncan Hines Classic White tested positive for Salmonella. Out of an abundance of caution, the company and health officials are recalling the other varieties made in the same time period.
Those who reportedly were stricken with Salmonella most likely consumed raw cake batter. Health officials warn that cake batter should not be consumed raw.
Salmonella can cause fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly persons, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected can get a fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare instances, the organism can infect the bloodstream, causing arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.
The product was sold in the United States and limited international exports.