Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix Recalled Mysteriously

Here’s something sort of weird. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is saying that two products, “Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix” and “Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix” have been “recalled and are under investigation for a possible health risk, according to a press release given out by Dierbergs grocery stores.”

Attempts by Consumerist to locate this press release failed, as it seems to have been taken off the store’s website. Pepsico, parent company of Quaker Oats, also had no information about the recall. Same with the FDA. So what’s up with the pancake mix?

Quaker Oats Company said they could not yet say exactly what is wrong with the mixes.

“We are currrently working with regulators on what we can say,” spokeswoman Candace Mueller said this afternoon.

Schnucks said Quaker Oats said only that, “there is a potential health risk associated” with the recalled products.

How very mysterious! Customers in need of more information (that would be all of you, actually) can contact the Quaker Oats Company directly at 1-800-407-2247.

Do let us know what you learn.

Grocers pull pancake mix from shelves [Post-Dispatch](Thanks, Joseph!)


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  1. parad0x360 says:

    uhm..they better hurry up and say what is wrong because I at some of this stuff over the weekend and i’d like to know what to expect…

  2. smitty1123 says:

    Thanks Jemima, but I’m perfectly capable of mixing the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder together without you or your assembly line.

  3. QueenHawkeye says:

    I bet it’s going to explode like everything else these days.

  4. picshereplz says:


  5. kelmeister says:

    Toxic mold, maybe?


  6. monkey33 says:

    Maybe Uncle Ben is finally getting his revenge.

  7. SkokieGuy says:

    Packages are being recalled because someone finally noticed how creepy Auntie J. looks with no lower teeth.

  8. SkokieGuy says:

    And may I be the first to say that no doubt that

    (wait for it)


    Quaker Oats is taking this seriously!

  9. marsneedsrabbits says:

    Ummm… so it might be bad, but maybe it isn’t bad?
    And if it is possibly bad, they aren’t saying the way it might be bad?
    Meanwhile, here’s a easy/tasty recipe for Dutch Babies (Dutch Pancakes):
    Cooking from scratch is not all that difficult.

  10. Coelacanth says:

    I second toxic mold…

  11. Bay State Darren says:

    Look at Mr. Jemima, her product is out there putting untold numbers of people at risk, and she just sits there smiling. This woman clearly has no appreciation of the danger to others.

  12. Rando says:

    Omg I JUST bought some mix on Sunday and ate it for breakfast. My GF just ate some last night for dinner… >_<

  13. Pasketti says:

    If *I* can cook pancakes from scratch, so can anyone.

    Here you go:

    1 1/2 cups flour
    3 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    1 tbsp sugar or honey
    3 tbsp butter (melted)
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1 egg

    Mix the dry ingredients together.

    Add milk, butter, and egg (and honey, if you go that route) and mix. If it’s too doughy, add a touch more milk until it can pour easily.

    Pour onto lightly-oiled pan on medium-low heat.

    Flip over when it stops bubbling.

    Pull off after a minute or so on the other side.


  14. Propaniac says:

    So these are only the Complete mixes, which are the ones where you just add water, right? Thank goodness I’m not too lazy to add milk and an egg! (Although I’d totally buy the Complete kind if I knew it would taste as good as regular. Never had it.)

  15. johnarlington says:

    2 years ago they had a recall due to inaccurate ingredient lists. This would be an issue because of allergy concerns

    “Undated (WJRT) — (01/26/06)– Aunt Jemima “Homestyle” low-fat waffles and cinnamon french toast bearing certain “use by” dates are being recalled by the manufacturer.

    Pinnacle Foods Group is taking the action because the products contain eggs and that information isn’t listed on the packaging. This poses a serious health risk to people who are allergic to eggs.

    The 20-ounce waffle cartons have a “use by” date of November 17, 2006 or after. The 12.5 ounce cartons of french toast has a “use by” date of June 12, 2006 or after”

  16. Rando says:

    @Propaniac: It tastes the same =/

  17. B says:

    Now I want pancakes. I’ll be using Pasketti‘s recipe instead of a mix, though.


    Maybe she just has a major overbite. Cut the gal some slack!

  19. toddiot says:

    Dead bugs perhaps?

  20. durkzilla says:

    Damn! I just bought the humongous food service sized two pack at BJ’s Wholesale club this weekend and made a batch for the kids just yesterday…

  21. SkyeBlue says:

    In “CorpoSpeak” that comment means they are trying to get their story straight, shred any pertinient files, tamper with evidence and pay off anyone they need to so they can cover their as-es in case someone sues them or DIES from using the tainted product.

    Before they comment anyways!

  22. holocron says:

    “”We are currrently working with regulators on what we can say,” spokeswoman Candace Mueller said this afternoon.”

    That, IMO, is a rather curious statement.

  23. CumaeanSibyl says:

    There are a lot of recipes on the internet for homemade pancake mix, too — this one looks pretty good. Or you can easily take a recipe like Pasketti’s and convert it into a mix by making five or six batches of the dry ingredients and storing it for later use. It helps cut down on your prep time.

  24. Pro-Pain says:

    I just ate some of these this morning. They are saying the expiration dates are between Feb 8 and Feb 23. So they would already be expired. Scares me they won’t say what’s wrong with them. Either way, I’ll NEVER buy them again.

  25. tinders says:

    beef! i bet it’s beef from the downer recall! if I were Quaker Oats, I’d have a hard time finding the words too

  26. Jabes says:

    @Pasketti: Yeah, but that defeats the point of being able to make this stuff for dinner when you’re out of groceries! (Or did I just reveal too much about my life?)

  27. neithernor says:

    @BayStateDarren: That’s her “taking it seriously” face.

  28. RobinB says:

    It’s the carbs. They’re lethal.

  29. cef21 says:

    recall info: []

    apparently, it’s salmonella.

  30. parad0x360 says:

    @Pasketti: anyone can make their own pancake mix but sometimes you want it quick and you want it now…like at 11pm. no need to toot the proverbial horn.

  31. bohemian says:

    Pancakes do not require mix.

  32. levenhopper says:

    @Pro-Pain: Oh relax and stop being paranoid.

  33. Rachacha says:


    The Quaker Oats Co. announced the products in the recall are a small quantity of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix: Original, Original Complete and Buttermilk Complete, which may have potential salmonella contamination. No other Aunt Jemima, frozen Aunt Jemima or Quaker products are affected.

    The products, sold in 2 pound and 5 pound boxes with Best Before dates of FEB 08 09 H through FEB 16 09 H stamped on the top, contain the following UPC codes:

    — 30000 43272 Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete 5 lb. — 30000 05040 Aunt Jemima Original 2 lb. — 30000 05070 Aunt Jemima Original Complete 2 lb. — 30000 05300 Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete 2 lb.

    Quaker is in the process of recovering the product involved. Quaker knows specifically to which customer warehouses the product was shipped. Approximately 98% of the product is within Quaker’s control. The 2% of product which is outside of Quaker’s control was shipped to a limited number of retail and mass merchandiser stores (no direct distribution to West Coast). Of that small quantity, the vast majority likely has not been placed on store shelves. Product was shipped to 17 states including Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Kansas and Utah.

  34. SaveMeJeebus says:

    @Pasketti: and do it myself? That is just un-American and I won’t have it! Are you Amish?

  35. Pro-Pain says:

    @levenhopper. Um, screw you jerk.

  36. yesteryear says:

    wow, im surprised at how many people here actually just bought a box this weekend. its popular stuff i guess? i myself just purchased bottle of “Batter Blaster” – it’s a whipped cream-like can of pre-made organic pancake batter. you just shake it up and squirt it right into the pan! and its delicious with fresh blueberries.

  37. HungryGrrl says:

    Boo to you ‘from scratch’ people- who really wants to make pancakes from scratch when you roll out of bed hungover and starving on a Sunday morning? Well, not me, for one. If I’ve ever been composed enough to make something with 8 ingredients before breakfast, then I might as well go out for food. I love the instant mix- it’s handy to make pancakes for one person without worrying about wasting eggs or melting butter or having buttermilk on hand.

  38. says:

    @holocron: I am GUESSING “what we can say” is more like “how much we are required to say”.

    On a completely unrelated side note, I had three great-great-great-great-great aunt Jemimas. None left me a pancake recipe though :(

  39. timmus says:

    Any “Made In China” text on the box?

  40. MaelstromRider says:

    My son ate these pancakes on Saturday and Sunday, then had diarrhea Sunday and Monday. I’m betting it’s not a coincidence.

  41. SkyeBlue says:

    Probably about a year or so ago there was a warning not to buy out of date pancake mixes. (I remembered it because we have a salvage food store here in town and I used to buy it there occasionally.) Something about the mix of the certain type of ingredients in it can be really bad for you when they turn rancid or moldy. Maybe the whole batch under the recall date has turned bad?

  42. err, mix is even too much work for me. I just buy the pre-made frozen ones, throw them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and im done. no mess, no prep, no bs.

  43. jeffs3rd says:

    We bought a box of this product Sunday, but the expiration date on the box is 11/30/08, not the dates they mention in the recall notice someone posted above. So, I guess (hope) we are good.

    And when you have an 8 month old who doesn’t sleep through the night but like to keep a family tradition of pancakes or waffles on Saturday morning (for the adults, not the kid yet) these easy mixes are perfect. Add some chocolate chips and they taste great.

  44. trujunglist says:


    Great, but since I don’t eat eggs or drink milk, I’d have to go out of my way to purchase those things and I’d basically have to use them all or they’d get wasted.

    No thanks.

  45. rribs says:

    I suspect the recall is because they box it in a plain cardboard box with no sealed liner. The box is not vacuum sealed. Susceptible to almost anything !!

  46. Not only can you make your own pancakes, but you can make your own pancake MIX. Costs half as much as commercial mix, and typically has more calcium. Get a large (5 lb.) airtight container and mix:

    12 cups flour
    2 T. salt
    3/4 cup baking powder (most of a standard Arm & Hammer package)
    3/4 cup sugar
    4 cups powdered milk

    Store in large container.

    To make, combine:
    1.5 cups pancake mix
    1 egg, beaten
    1 cup water
    2 T. melted fat or oil
    –any added fruits, nuts, etc.

    Combine all ingredients. Fry on hot, ungreased griddle or frying pan. Serves 3-4. Or serves 1, if that 1 is my husband, who if he is what he eats, is primarily composed of pancakes and ketchup.

    I tape the “to make” instructions to the side of the big tupperware container that holds the mix so he doesn’t even have to find the cookbook.

    A couple further hints:
    Replace 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, oatmeal, cornmeal, or rye flour. (Use rye flour mix w/in a month.) Whole wheat makes it healthy!

    To halve the recipe, you have to use egg beaters, since you can’t really use half an egg. But in the alternative, save the spare pancakes and put them in the toaster oven broiler with a slice of swiss cheese on top until it’s just melting — very nice snack or easy breakfast.

  47. @Eyebrows McGee: I should add, that makes about 4 lbs. of mix.

  48. Bay State Darren says:

    @BayStateDarren: Look at Mr. Jemima, her product is out there putting untold numbers of people at risk, and she just sits there smiling. This woman clearly has no appreciation of the danger to others.
    That should’ve began Look at Ms. Jemima. Whoops! That little mistake makes a rather significant difference.

  49. scoosdad says:

    @Pasketti and Eyebrows McGee: These are secretly a toxic recipes, and they just killed off everyone in the Wal-Mart receipt thread.

  50. spince says:

    Mancake mix. Think about it.

  51. consumerd says:


    You and me both, you wanna make pancakes or you coming over for mine?

    I have only three requirements
    -> you must use the real syrup not the assembly line crap

    ->No wussies, 2 pancake minimum!

    ->I am not responsible for your sudden affliction to massively consume pancakes at my house.

  52. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    For those of you who are confused regarding the complete mix vs normal mix and home made, complete mix:

    1) Costs less money
    2) Takes less time

  53. ZekeDMS says:

    Crap. I use this stuff all the time since for some reason, any pancake I cook from scratch gives me some allergic itching. Ihop, denny’s, or aunt jemima, just fine. Yet cooking my own, itchy mouth.

    Oh well, time to see what’s killing me now.

  54. past says:

    …and that was how Aunt Jemima concocted the biggest publicity stunt in decades.

  55. snclfe says:

    Does this have anything to do with the mold?

  56. smitty1123 says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: Costs less money than from scratch? $12 will buy me a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, 2 lbs of sugar, 2 lbs of flour, 10 oz of baking powder, 8 oz of baking soda, 1 lb of butter and 26 oz of salt. With all that, I can make roughly 80 pancakes (15 cents a pancake) plus I’ll still have some of everything except eggs left over.

    So, how exactly is a complete mix cheaper?

  57. Pasketti says:

    @scoosdad: My evil plan is working!

  58. scoosdad says:

    @Pasketti: …and there was much rejoicing!

  59. candacem says:

    Hi, I’m Candace the public relations person for Aunt Jemima and wanted to give everyone a web link to get more information

    There is also a consumer hotline number 800-407-2247. I wanted to let everyone know that the health and safety of our consumers IS our highest priority and we’re taking this very seriously.