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When Cookie Dough Makes You Ill…..Time To Wonder What Is Happening

June 19, 2009

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Granted we make homemade cookies at home, but I still must say this is unnerving when raw cookie dough is no longer safe to eat.  What in the world is happening to the food supply chain?

Nestle’s U.S. baking division said on Friday that it was voluntarily recalling its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of the risk of contamination with E. coli bacteria.

Nestle said the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating reports of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in consumers who also reported having eaten raw cookie dough. E. coli can cause abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea, the FDA said. 

Since March, the FDA said, there have been 66 reports of illness across 28 states. Twenty-five people were hospitalized, according to the FDA, and no one has died. 

“We want to strongly advise consumers that raw cookie dough should not be eaten,” Nestle said in a statement. “This message also appears prominently on our packaging.”

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