At least three varieties of Betty Crocker’s cake mix and Krusteaz Blueberry Mix from Continental Mills have been recalled from supermarkets across the country after showing signs of possible E. coli contamination.
According to an advisory issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall was made after the manufacturer, Continental Mills, notified the agency that the products were made by flour potentially tainted with the bacteria E. coli O121.
The advisory, however, was only limited to a specific batch of Krusteaz Blueberry Mix 28 oz. carton manufactured April 2016 and June 2016 and with a best-before codes of 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018 and a UPC code 041449001289.
The same recall order was also extended to the same product Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake in a 3.5 lb. bag variety and with a best by date code between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018, with a UPC code 041449001487.
In the statement, Andy Heily, president of the Continental Mills, said the voluntary recall order was issued to ensure safety of the public. The case was an isolated one, according to the announcement, and it only affects a specific batch of product.
“The quality and safety of our products is of the utmost importance and we are doing everything possible to ensure our customers have all of the pertinent information. We are working with our Retail Customers and the FDA to ensure any affected product is removed from the marketplace immediately,” Heily said.
According to a separate report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Continental Mills’ Krusteaz Mix adds to a list of products recalled by the company recently. On July 1, the company also recalled a batch of its Gold Medal Flour, Signature Kitchens Flour, and Gold Medal Wondra Flour.
The dreaded E. coli O121, which produces Shiga toxin, has already caused the hospitalization of at least four individuals in the states of Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma, the CDC added.