Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC

Henrietta Brewer
December 11, 2018

With holiday baking season underway, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again urging people not to eat unbaked cookie dough - not even a tiny taste - because "unbaked products that are meant to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick".

The center also noted that raw eggs, which can also be used for baking to make raw cookie dough can also make people sick.

The CDC reported that in 2016, more than 60 people across the United States were sickened with E. coli from raw flour.

Most people know raw eggs can give someone salmonella, which can cause people to develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The grains that flour is made from can be contaminated while still in the field or at other steps as flour is produced.

According to the CDC, each year 48 million people in the US get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3000 die.

"Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too", according to the CDC.

In recent years, public health experts have become vocal about raw flour, too.

The CDC wants to remind all the bakers that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick, according to their website. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

As for the cookie dough, well, it may be better to stick to baking it into delicious cookies.

The CDC also warned folks to not bake recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes, or eat the cake or batter made with them.

Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough by washing your hands thoroughly and washing bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.

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