Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough, Warns CDC

Don’t Eat Raw Cookie Dough, Warns CDC

Although it's a delicious treat for many who find themselves preparing cookies and baked goods during the holiday season, raw cookie dough may be carrying harmful bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns. "When they're raw, they can have pathogens like salmonella or E. coli and that can make you very sick".

The CDC is using this holiday season to remind all the bakers out there that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick.

Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.

Officials said they can make you sick. The bacteria are killed when food made with flour is cooked.

The CDC has created a list of how to handle food while baking or cooking with flour and raw ingredients during the holidays.

Symptoms from E. coli infection typically appear within several days and may include severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting; symptoms of a salmonella infection are similar but may also include a fever, according to the CDC.

"When you're making cookies, often the recipe calls for raw eggs", Lindsay Malone, a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic, said in 2016.

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Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.

In order to avoid illness, experts recommend not eating raw dough or batter - no matter how tempting it may be.

Perhaps surprisingly, the uncooked flour in cookie dough is also a concern, according to the CDC. Medus says this was a change after a 2005 cookie batter ice cream salmonella outbreak.

Several flavors of Duncan Hines cake mix are part of the recall, including Classic White, Classic Yellow Cake, Classic Butter Golden Cake, and Confetti Cake varieties. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.

Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.

Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods.

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