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Recall: Betty Crocker Rainbow Bit cake mix

The Betty Crocker cake mix has been recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination.

Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc

Photo: HealthyCanadians.gc

General Mills is recalling its Betty Crocker Super Moist brand Cake Mix Rainbow Bit in Canada due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Check your cupboards for this product:

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Currently there have been no reported illnesses connected to this product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation which may lead to more recalls.

In the United States, two other Betty Crocker cake mixes have been recalled, in addition to the above product. These products are Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix. Currently there have been no reported illnesses connected to these products.

Wondra flour was used to make the flavour chips in the cake mix and is likely the source of the problem.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise consumers to not eat any raw dough or batter. E. coli O121 is removed with the heat from baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products. Also be sure to clean all surfaces, hands and utensils after using flour, batter or dough.

What should you do?
If you become sick from eating this product, call your doctor. Possible symptoms include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In very severe cases you may have seizures or strokes.

If you have any boxes of cake mix at home, throw them out or return them to the store where you bought it. Food containing E. coli O121 may not look or spell spoiled, but can still cause you to fall ill.

Canadians with concerns about Betty Crocker products should contact General Mills Canada at 800-526-4579. Americans can contact General Mills at 800-230-8103. More information can also be found at generalmills.com/flour.

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