Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Can Make You Sick
December 31st, 2016
July 2, 2016 - Attorney Brian McDonnell - Have you ever sampled some raw cookie dough when making cookies? Have you ever let your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade clay? Or have you ever been to a restaurant that allowed your kids to play with raw dough while waiting for the meal? The FDA issued a statement this week warning against eating raw dough because of a recent outbreak of E.coli linked to contaminated flour. See attached statement. Dozens of people across the country have been sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. Investigation has found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of the patients was made with General Mills flour produced in a Kansas City, Missouri facility. General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under three brand names, Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen's, and Gold Medal Wondra. Some of the recalled flours had been sold to restaurants that allow children to play with dough while waiting for their meals. The CDC is advising restaurants not to give customers raw dough.
The FDA offers the following tips to keep you and your family healthy:
- Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked;
- Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times;
- Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products;
- Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent contamination that may be present from spreading;
- Follow label directions to chill products containing rough dough promptly after purchase until baked.
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