Pancake mix DOES expire!
I got this e-mail the other day and thought I might put it out there to share and see what you have to say.
"A student at HBHS (high school) had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores. Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, Bisquick, brownie mixes etc you have in your home.
You can check this website....... http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/pancake.asp"
So, that's that. Most of us are proabably safe on this one as we make everything from scrath and don't give shortcut mixes the time of day. Right. :)