What is the world coming to? First, we were warned not to indulge in raw cookie dough (c'mon, you do it, too) after a recent multi-state outbreak of E. coli due to tainted flour led General Mills to recall 10 million pounds of its product nationwide. Now, we can't even sneak a taste of uncooked cake batter. Because yes, there's another recall.
The FDA announced two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix have been added to the General Mills recall, and they're yummy ones. While no illnesses have been reported, it was discovered that Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix (known as Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada) and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix contain flavor chips made with Wondra flour, which was included in the original recall.
Here's how to know if your cake mix is affected by this major downer of a recall. On the Rainbow Chip mix, look for UPC code 000-16000-40997, and Better if Used by Dates of 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017, 23MAY2017, 24MAY2017, or 25MAY2017. On the recalled Carrot Cake mix, the UPC code is 000-16000-40987, and the Better if Used by Dates are 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017, 29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017, and 08JUL2017.
Have a recalled box of cake mix hanging out in your lazy Susan, just waiting for a rainy day baking project with the kiddos? Toss it. You can contact General Mills for a replacement by calling 800-230-8103.
Go to the company's website for a full list of recalled products. And let this be an important reminder that eating uncooked dough or batter isn't safe, no matter how much we may want to lick that spoon, or dip a finger in the mixing bowl. Remind kids that tasting the batter before it's cooked can make them sick, so as hard as it is, they have to wait.
And rest assured that according to the FDA, E. coli O121, the particular strain that may result from indulging in uncooked dough or batter, is eliminated by heat when you bake cookies or cakes. Just be sure to thoroughly clean all surfaces that may have come in contact with the uncooked batter, including hands and utensils
Sigh. Sorry again to be the bearer of bad news.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.