Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake Mix has been recalled due to potential contamination with Salmonella, said the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in a press release on Thursday (8 November).
AVA stated that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted an alert that specific batches of cake mix under the Duncan Hines brand have been voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
The authority has checked and confirmed that one of the implicated products, Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake, was imported into Singapore. As a precautionary measure, the importer voluntarily recalled the implicated product and has completed the recall.
AVA advised consumers who have purchased the implicated product not to use or consume it. Consumers may contact Phoon Huat Pte Ltd at 6654 4333 or email [email protected] for enquiries.
According to USA Today, U.S. FDA held an investigation into a salmonella outbreak and found salmonella in a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix.
The product was then being voluntary recalled by parent company Conagra Brands. As a result, Conagra says it has voluntarily recalled about 2.4 million boxes of cake mix, including Classic White and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow), which were made during the same time period as a precaution measure.
Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States – salmonellosis.
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of USA estimates that Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhoea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.