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CDC Investigates Outbreak of E-Coli from Bakery Products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s investigating an outbreak of E-Coli in 12 states potentially linked to cake mix. The CDC said reports of 16 people infected with E-Coli had been filed as part of the outbreak. Seven people have been hospitalized, and one person developed a type of kidney failure called a hemolytic uremic syndrome. The agency said that no deaths had been reported.

The CDC said that eight people were interviewed about what foods they ate before getting sick, and six of them reported eating or tasting raw batter made using a cake mix. The agency said several brands and varieties of cake mix were bought but didn’t identify which brands.

CDC Investigates Outbreak of E-Coli from Bakery ProductsThe agency advises people not to eat raw cookie batter and follow safe food handling practices when cooking or baking. The CDC said that the Symptoms of E-Coli include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some people can also develop a fever. However, most people get better within five to seven days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, at least 16 people had been infected with the O121 strain of E-Coli since February. They ranged in age from 2 to 73 and were all female. Consumers should also keep raw foods like cake mix separated from ready-to-eat foods as the cake mix powder can spread easily.The CDC advises people not to eat or taste raw cake batter, whether it’s from a mix or homemade. Officials also added that not to make milkshakes with raw cake mix, flour, or eggs.

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