The massive flour recall due to E. coli contamination at a General Mills flour plant has expanded, and has now reached the shelves of cake and pancake mixes. Potentially contaminated products include Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix, and Betty Crocker rainbow chip and carrot cake mixes. Yes, those Betty Crocker rainbow chips.
Both the rainbow chip and carrot cake mixes contain “flavor chips,” which is a rather unappetizing but accurate way to describe the blobs that simulate fresh shredded carrot or form the pretty rainbow-colored chips in the cake mix.
The company explains that “a General Mills supplier used Wondra flour implicated in the July 1, 2016 recall to manufacture the flavor chips used in this recalled cake mix flavor.” Wondra is a flour meant to blend more smoothly than standard flour, for making things like gravies and, apparently, flavor chips.
General Mills originally recalled the flour at the end of May, even before definitively linking it to the cases of E. coli illness across the country. but followed the product down the food supply chain to the company’s own cake mixes.
A separate company, Continental Mills, has recalledd its blueberry pancake mix because it may have some of the contaminated General Mills flour. The items to look for are Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix in a 28-ounce box, and in a 3.5-pound bag. The box will have a “best by” date between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and the “family size” bag will have a date between 4/27/2018 and 4/28/2018.
Flour and Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recall [General Mills]