2021 E. coli Outbreak Linked to Cake Mix

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Posted September 16, 2021

This outbreak is over. Stay up to date on food recalls and outbreaks to avoid getting sick from eating contaminated food.

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 16
  • Hospitalizations: 7
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 12
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Closed
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What You Should Do

Do not eat raw cake batter because it can contain harmful germs like E. coli. Germs are killed only when raw batter is baked or cooked. Follow these safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with cake mixes, flour, eggs, and other raw ingredients.