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Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/21/2018
Author Paul Cochrane
Title FDA and CDC Investigate Salmonella Outbreak Possibly Linked to Popular Cake Mix
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides food and environmental testing services to identify Salmonella and other microbial pathogens to help prevent outbreaks and product recalls.

Cinnaminson, NJ,  December 21st , 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the agency was investigating a manufacturing facility that made cake mixes that might be linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonella. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have informed the cake mix manufacturer that a sample of one of their cake mixes contained Salmonella Agbeni and through DNA analysis, matched the Salmonella collected from ill persons reported to the CDC.

While at the time of the announcement it had not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation was still ongoing, the cake mix manufacturer did issue a voluntary recall of four varieties of cake mix. Over 2 million packages of the cake mixes are part of the massive recall.

According to the recall notice, “Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked. Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter. Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour which can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw batter products, to follow baking instructions, and to never eat raw batter.”

The products in question were distributed for resale in the United States and to some foreign countries. Those who have purchased the recalled cake mixes are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store where originally purchased.

“At EMSL Analytical, Inc., our food scientists help to prevent these types of foodborne illness outbreaks and costly product recalls by providing a comprehensive range of microbial testing services,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Raw material, finished product and surface testing in food plants can be instrumental in averting these types of illnesses and events. Testing services are available to food processors, importers, retailers, distributors, regulators, health officials and the public.”

To learn more about Salmonella or other food and environmental testing services, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 45 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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