Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

CDC: Say no to raw cookie dough

CDC: Say no to raw cookie dough

Raw dough can contain bacteria that can cause disease, according to CDC.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to say "no" to raw cookie dough. Flour products have long shelf lives and could be in people's homes for a long time.

In addition, the CDC said, children should not be permitted to play with dough because they can get sick simply from handling it. However, when flour is cooked, the bacteria are killed.

Grains are grown in fields near animals that can introduce contaminants that remain throughout the entire collection and transportation process. While eggs are perfectly safe to eat when handled and cooked properly, they can make you sick if the eggs are contaminated and are eaten raw or lightly cooked.

It can be tempting to sneak a taste, but make sure you're careful when handling raw food products.

Instead, follow the recipe directions for cooking and baking at the proper temperature, and eat the treats then.

"Raw cookie dough contains both raw agriculture and animal products, both of which can carry bacteria which may be harmful to us", she told CBS News.

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

Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.

It's probably best not to let your kids eat the raw dough and batter - symptoms of E. coli infections include stomach cramps and diarrhea, and salmonella poisoning is marked by diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.

The flour used in raw cookie dough is typically a raw agricultural product which means it has not been treated for E.coli, so the germs aren't killed until the food made with the flour is cooked, the CDC spokesperson explained.

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