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Cookie Dough Warning Issued After General Mills Recall, E. Coli Outbreak

Eating raw dough or batter — whether for cookies, bread, tortillas or pizza — could make both adults and children sick.
Eating raw dough or batter — whether for cookies, bread, tortillas or pizza — could make both adults and children sick. Photo Credit: FDA

It's a temptation for many while they're making cookie dough.

But the Food and Drug Administration has issued new consumer guidelines telling consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, even if there are no eggs in it.

Eating raw dough or batter — whether for cookies, bread, tortillas or pizza — could make both adults and children sick.

The FDA along with Centers for Disease Control are investigating an outbreak of infections that illustrates the dangers of eating raw dough. Approximately 42 people in 21 states have been sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, according to the CDC.

General Mills announced Friday it is expanding a recall of 10 million pounds of flour sold under the brand names of Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen’s.

If you have any of these recalled items in your home, you should throw them away, the FDA says.

The FDA is offering these tips for safe food handling:

  • Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.
  • Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour may spread easily due to its powdery nature.
  • Follow label directions to chill products containing raw dough promptly after purchase until baked.

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