CDC Warns Against Eating Raw Cookie Dough This Holiday Season

by actuate | December 12th, 2011

December 12, 2011

For many people, homemade cookies are as much a part of the holidays as wrapping presents or hanging decorations on a tree. We have all been guilty of sneaking a bite of the dough before the cookies are baked. This year though, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to consumers to not eat raw cookie dough, as it could make you sick.

According to Channel 10 News, a report in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases found a strong link between illness and those who eat raw cookie dough. Researchers claim that the root of the problem may not be eggs, but instead flour. The study claims to have uncovered low levels of salmonella growth in some flour prior to the mixing process. The findings have caused the agency, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to issue warnings to several cookie dough manufacturers to begin using heat-treated flour in their process.

The research was done to learn more following an E. Coli outbreak in Nestle Toll House cookie packages two years ago.

The Virginia Defective Product Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley urge anyone who has become ill after eating food to first seek medical advice. If it is determined that the food you ate was contaminated, they suggest contacting an experienced attorney.