Aunt Jemima pancake mix recalled due to salmonella health risk

March 5, 2008

The Quaker Oats Co. (owned by PepsiCo Inc.) announced a recall today 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.

Salmonella is a food borne illness that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In their press release Quaker states:

“No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue to date. There is very low risk of illness when preparation directions on box are followed and product is not consumed raw or undercooked. Salmonella bacteria is killed at a temperature of 160° F.”

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.”

If consumers have this product with the indicated UPC codes and Best Before dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-407-2247 or by logging onto http://321cba.com/304/.

Source: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/quakeroats03_08.html

6 Responses to “Aunt Jemima pancake mix recalled due to salmonella health risk”


  1. […] Annie Richardson, of Food Democracy, has a post today with the details of Salmonella poisoning in Aunt Jemima’s pancake mix.  Go check it out.  She has many other useful things to share — like the recall […]

  2. chikku Says:

    thanx a lot for that info… we however haven’t bought any of these though i had an aunt jamima butter rich syrup.thank god, that code isn’t included here…

    chikku🙂

  3. navcity Says:

    We dont get it here in London but I do love waffles and pancakes😉 yum yum

  4. unhappy Says:

    I have three small children all under the age of 4 who love pancakes. I really can’t imagine if any one of them, or all get sick due to salmonella. I belive that the FDA should have stricter policy before any company ships out any of their products!

  5. annierichardson Says:

    Hi Unhappy,

    I know how you feel. Little ones love pancakes. But don’t dismay, here’s an easy, healthier version of store bought pancake mix that your kids will love. We found it at The Prepared Pantry (preparedpantry.com).

    How to Make: Your Own Buttermilk Pancake Mix

    Pancakes from scratch just taste better than most of the mixes in the stores but when you’re in a hurry, who has time for scratch? We’ll tell you how to make a buttermilk pancake mix so that you can have great “from scratch” pancakes when you are in a hurry. It’s storable and since it has everything included but eggs, it’s a great mix to stick in the RV or take camping.

    You can make this mix as large or as small as you like.

    How to Make: Your Own Buttermilk Pancake Mix:

    4 cups all purpose flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt

    Combine all the ingredients and whisk together to distribute evenly. Store your buttermilk pancake mix in a sealed container in a cool place and use it within three months. If you would like to keep the mix longer, store it in the freezer.

    You can buy buttermilk powder in your grocery store in the section with dry milk.

    To use your mix:

    1. Measure the desired mix into a large bowl.
    2. In a smaller bowl, whisk one egg for every one to 1 1/2 cups of mix.
    3. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter or oil to the egg for every one cup of mix.
    4. Add 2/3 cup water to the egg mixture for every one cup of mix. Add the liquid mixture to the mix and stir until just combined. The batter will probably be too dry so add more water to reach the desired consistency.

    *Compare the above ingredients with the ingredients found in “Aunt Jemima Complete”:

    INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), DEXTROSE, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL WITH MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, NONFAT DRY MILK, SALT, DRIED WHOLE EGGS, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, DEFATTED SOY FLOUR, SOY LECITHIN, CORN STARCH, SODIUM CASEINATE, CULTURED WHEY, SOYBEAN OIL, CARRAGEENAN, WHEAT GLUTEN, GUAR GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR.

    CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK, EGG AND SOY INGREDIENTS.

    Annie

  6. Rich in the South Says:

    It is another big company that is in business to make the most money for stock holders and VPs, so a little less quality control, saves money, and, perhaps foreign labor will save money, vs a few sick or perhaps (not sure) dead people to make more profit, Hummmmmmmmm?

    We are still buying toys, many made in China with lead paint. So, we will keep buying this also. When will we learn?


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