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Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough: FDA

Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough: FDA
  • You may assume it's just the raw eggs in dough, which can carry Salmonella, that makes it dangerous to eat. But, according to an FDA warning, the flour in batter and dough also may contain bacteria that can make you sick. Flour, no matter which type or brand you use, usually is not treated to kill bacteria—and it’s made from grains that come straight from the field.

    A recent outbreak tied to contaminated flour, which made dozens of people ill across the U.S., was linked to a type of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. This outbreak led to a voluntary recall of more than 10 million pounds of General Mills flour, including unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising products.

    Children, older adults, and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to E. coli infection and may experience severe symptoms, including bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps. Parents are cautioned that, in addition to avoiding raw batter, children should not play with dough made from flour. Wash your hands frequently and your baking surface frequently—especially after touching raw dough.

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