The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that several varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix are being recalled because of a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of . The positive finding may be connected to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra (Duncan Hines’ parent company) is recalling Duncan Hines Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti, and Classic Yellow cake mix out of an abundance of caution.

Five occurrences of illnesses due to Salmonella are being researched by CDC and FDA as part of this investigation. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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. Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter. Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour which can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw batter products, to follow baking instructions, and to never eat raw batter.

The products covered by this recall were distributed for retail sale throughout the U.S., including Rhode Island.

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store where originally purchased. Consumers with questions should call 1-888-299-7646 or visit www.duncanhines.com.