WASHINGTON (ABC7) — It’s the season for comfort food, but some could make you sick.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a Duncan Hines manufacturing facility after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) got at least five reports of consumers falling ill with Salmonella that may be connected to one or more of the company's cake mixes.
Using DNA analysis, the FDA and CDC say they were able to match the strain of Salmonella found in Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix to samples collected from people who reported sickness to the CDC.
Duncan Hines is recalling its Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow cake mixes.
The FDA says the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and kids are most likely to get Salmonella - in fact, the rate of infections in kids under five years old is higher than the rate in all other people. About 400 people a year die from Salmonella.
Both the FDA and Con-Agra, the company that owns Duncan Hines, say consumers should not use the mixes or eat cake made from them.
You can return products to their place of purchase for a full refund.