CDC investigating after cake mix is linked to E. coli outbreak in several states

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While there is always a risk with eating raw food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is officially warning others not to eat raw cake batter, whether it's homemade or from a mix.

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A report from the CDC confirmed that the cake batter could potentially contain harmful bacteria. In several states across the United States, cake mix has been connected to an E. coli outbreak, according to Today.

In a detailed investigation, the CDC reported that it is working with public health officials, state officials, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to gather more data in response to the outbreak.

Data from the report states that even though flour doesn’t look like a typical “raw ingredient," cake mix or uncooked flour may contain E. coli. If consumed, this can cause food poisoning.

E. coli Symptoms
Fever higher than 102 degrees F
Diarrhea for more than three days that doesn’t improve
Bloody diarrhea
Excessive vomiting
Dry mouth

Since July 27, 16 people have been infected with E. coli from 12 different states including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Utah and Washington. The cases began on dates stretching from February 26 to June 21.

Of those who got sick, the ages range from 2 to 73 years old and all of them are female. Seven were hospitalized and one person suffered from kidney failure. However, no deaths have been confirmed.

Six people who were interviewed by health officials say that they ate raw batter from a cake mix. They all said they bought different brands of mix.
The CDC says the number of sick individuals may be higher due to people not getting tested for E. coli.

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