Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough, FDA Warns After E. Coli Outbreak
Cookie dough may be tempting to taste before it’s been baked, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to resist that temptation due to concerns that the dough could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
Dozens of people have been sickened due to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 linked to flour, prompting the FDA to issue a warning on Wednesday to avoid eating raw cookie dough or batter – whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas.
The E. coli outbreak in at least 20 states, likely caused by flour, was reported earlier this month, by the CDC and led General Mills to voluntarily recall 10 million pounds of flour.
The products were sold under the names Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen’s, and Gold Medal Wondra. At least 38 people have been infected with E. coli in the flour-related outbreak, including 10 people who were hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wow! Thirty-eight infected and ten hospitalized nationwide!! I think I’ll keep eating cookie dough and let the grandkids do the same when they visit.