FDA: No more eating raw cookie dough

FILE - In this undated file photo, cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on June 28, 2016, that people shouldn't eat raw dough due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)


(WTNH) — There is now a warning concerning all cookie dough lovers. While baking do you find yourself eating up the extra raw dough? Whether you are just making a quick batch, baking for a party or cooking with your kids, the FDA advises not to eat the raw dough.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning concerning not eating raw cookie dough because of the bacteria found in flour.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and local officials are looking into recent outbreaks that are causing many to be sick. The bacteria found in flour called Shiga toxin is producing E. coli O121.

General Mills has put out a recall for 10 million pounds of flour including the brand names of: Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen’s, and Gold Medal Wondra. The FDA is advising people to get rid of the flour that may be sitting on your shelves, even though flour is known to have a long shelf life. Even without the presence of raw eggs which can cause Salmonella, there is still the threat of E. coli.

“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior adviser in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods.

In order to kill bacteria in rough dough, there are various steps including boiling, baking, roasting, frying and microwaving.

There are common symptoms to look for regarding the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. The short term symptoms where one would recover within a week include diarrhea and abdominal cramps. However, the are more long term symptoms that are known to be more severe like kidney failure. The type of kidney failure that can come from this bacteria is called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most common in young children under 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Although everyone loves snacking on raw cookie dough, we all need to be aware of the associated risks. In the future while you’re baking be sure to handle your food carefully to keep you, as well as your family, safe and healthy.

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