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CDC: Say no to raw cookie dough

CDC: Say no to raw cookie dough

This holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want to remind folks celebrating the holidays to enjoy eating cookies, but stay away from eating cookie dough.

Ahead of Christmas, with many people doing holiday baking, the CDC said think twice before you reach for a taste of that raw dough. Flour can contain E. coli and raw eggs can contain salmonella. But steer clear of this temptation - eating or tasting unbaked products that are meant to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.

A technician at the French firm Poult, specialized in the manufacture of cookies for supermarkets, checks on October 15, 2014, dough at company headquarters in the southwestern city of Montauban, which produces 340 million packs of cookies per year.

It can be tempting to sneak a taste, but make sure you're careful when handling raw food products. Both can cause serious illnesses. Some flour has even been recalled due to E. coli contamination.

Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.

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However, not all public health experts agree that raw cookie dough is unsafe.

To avoid potential infection, the CDC suggests not eating raw cookie dough or cake batter, of course, but also not making homemade ice cream or milkshakes with the uncooked ingredients.

Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.

Perhaps surprisingly, the uncooked flour in cookie dough is also a concern, according to the CDC.

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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