"Say no to raw dough" says the CDC

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

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

As much as you might want to sneak a taste, it's better for your health to wait until everything is fully cooked.

Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts. "Whenever you consume raw eggs, you increase your risk of salmonella poisoning".

The CDC is reminding residents to skip on sampling or tasking unbaked foods like cookie dough or bread dough. The flour may contain E. coli while the raw eggs may contain salmonella.

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

Make sure raw eggs are not consumed. Image Getty
Make sure raw eggs are not consumed. Image Getty

This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter-whether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

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.

Oh, and apparently cake mixes aren't off the hook.

Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time. Medus says this was a change after a 2005 cookie batter ice cream salmonella outbreak.

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

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.

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