Cake Lovers Beware! General Mills Recalls Betty Crocker Cake Mix Over Possible E. Coli Contamination

Cake lovers check your pantry. General Mills has announced a recall on select varieties of Betty Crocker cake mix. The recall is a result of a recent General Mills flour recall involving Wondra flour. Both the Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip cake mix and Super Moist Carrot Cake mixes contained Wondra flour which may have been contaminated with E. Coli.

The Associated Press reports that the recall is affecting two varieties of cake mix sold in the United States and one sold in Canada. The recall was performed over fears that the cake mixes may be contaminated with E. Coli. The cake mixes in question contained Wondra flour that was a part of General Mill’s June flour recall. As the Inquisitr previously reported, General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour after 38 people in 20 different states presented with E. Coli following the consumption of products which were made from scratch using General Mills flour products.

The products involved in the latest Betty Crocker recall involve the Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip and Super Moist Carrot Cake mix products. The recall also includes the Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit cake mix sold in Canada. The UPCs for the affected products can be found below.

“The U.S. recall includes boxes of Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix marked with UPC 000-16000-40997 and ‘best by’ dates of 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017, 23MAY2017, 24MAY2017 and 25MAY2017. Boxes of Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix with UPC 000-16000-40987 and ‘best by’ dates of 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017, 29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017 and 08JUL2017 also are being recalled.”

The Canadian recall is solely for products with UPC 000-65633-46589 that have “best by” dates of 27AL2017, 08JN2017 and 09JN2017.

At the time of the first recall involving the 10 million pounds of flour, General Mills noted that they were performing the recall out of an abundance of caution and wanted to utilize the opportunity to remind consumers on proper handling of raw flour.

“As a leading provider of flour for 150 years, we felt it was important to not only recall the product and replace it for consumers if there was any doubt, but also to take this opportunity to remind our consumers how to safely handle flour.”

General Mills reiterated to consumers that milled products, such as flour, are often grown outdoors meaning they can come into contact with bacteria. Therefore, all raw ingredients are sold with the intention to be cooked. The company says that it is very rare for a person to get sick from raw flour but that caution should be used and that cooking is a best health and food handling practice.

The company goes on to say that children are especially at risk and that raw batter and dough should not be fed to children. Children should wash their hands before and after handling products that contain raw flour and that all surfaces that the products touch should be thoroughly cleaned. Additionally, it is noted that raw flour products should be cooked, fried, baked, or heated to appropriate temperatures to limit the risk of food borne illnesses.

If you find any of the recalled cake mix in your pantry, General Mills is asking that you dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund or replacement product not on the recall list.

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