Attention Consumers: Freeze and Drop the cake. Now! Walk away slowly and nobody gets hurt… or maybe they do. Or maybe you have your cake and get to spew it, too. It all depends on whether millions of tiny germs are having a pot party inside your guts, which could cause you to blow chunks violently onto yourself or others, and even worse. How much worse? Much.
The recall affects some 2.4 million boxes of cake mixes, which can only be characterized as a catastrophic hit to the millions of Americans (myself included) who depend on cake in their day-to-day life. Without cake, our beloved stars and stripes would be a post-apocalyptic wasteland where only broccoli and carrots grow, a fate worse than death to many of us (myself included, again).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of at least 5 salmonella illnesses associated with the Duncan Hines cake mix debacle of 2018, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday. Additional reports are poised to skyrocket in the coming days and weeks 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,” the agency said in a recall notice published on Monday. “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.”
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.”
Source: CBS News