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Holidays are a less than ideal time for dangerous products

The holidays are upon us, and that means that home bakers are, or soon will be, baking cakes and cookies to share with family and friends. Many recipes start with pre-packaged cake mix as an ingredient. Duncan Hines, a popular brand, is currently the subject of a voluntary product recall. Dangerous products are subject to recall, and a number of Duncan Hines cake mixes are suspected as being the source of a salmonella outbreak. The cake mixes are distributed all over the country, including Tennessee.

The kinds of cake mix in the recall include Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow. There have been five reported cases of salmonella, and these are being researched by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). While the research has not yet established a definite link between the cake mix and the outbreak, people affected reported eating the cakes prior to becoming ill.

Salmonella is one of the more common forms of food poisoning. It can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in otherwise healthy individuals. The symptoms will typically pass in a day or two. However, salmonella can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, to the elderly, young children or people with compromised immune systems.

A person in Tennessee who experiences a salmonella outbreak should seek the advice of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Salmonella from dangerous products can lead to more severe problems, including arterial infections and arthritis. A knowledgeable attorney can review the facts of a case and advise the client as to whether a civil suit is a possible option. A successful claim can provide compensation for current and possible future medical costs.

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