It’s time to check our pantries, friends. Do you remember the General Mills flour recall from about a month ago? It’s not entirely over yet, and this time, as we learned from POPSUGAR, it’s affecting our cakes— Betty Crocker cake mixes, to be exact. While we don’t need to panic over the potential E. coli contamination, we do need to be cautious. Here’s what we all need to know.
The most important thing to know? Stay calm! General Mills has simply expanded the recall begun in late May and early June of this year, when they voluntarily recalled flour products that might have E. coli, based on reports of about 38 individuals becoming ill after eating foods made with the flours. Notably, some of those illness occurred after the individuals ate some raw batter or cookie dough. Now, General Mills has expanded the recall to include three Betty Crocker mixes made with potentially-contaminated Wondra flour. Luckily, that’s a short list! The recalled mixes are:
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix, sold in Canada
General Mills explains the thinking behind the recall further in their official press release:
Out of an abundance of caution, two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the U.S. and one flavor sold in Canada have been added to General Mills’ previously announced flour recall from July 1, 2016. No illnesses reported to date have been connected to cake mix. No other General Mills or Betty Crocker mixes are included in this recall.
Two flavors of cake mix – Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix (called Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada) and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix have been added to the recall. A General Mills supplier used Wondra flour implicated in the July 1, 2016 recall to manufacture the flavor chips (or bits) used in these two recalled cake mix flavors. General Mills continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 connected to several brands of flour.
So what to do if you have this cake mix in your pantry? Quite simply, be careful! Contact General Mills directly here to see about a refund, and always check with your doctor if you’re feeling ill. Above all, make sure you’re cooking your food thoroughly, and as tempting as it is, never eat raw dough or batter. Better safe than sorry! Happy baking!