Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

CDC wants you 'Say no to raw cookie dough' this holiday season

CDC wants you 'Say no to raw cookie dough' this holiday season

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".

"To start, when most people think about health risks and cookie dough, they think about raw egg".

Additionally, raw eggs can contain Salmonella which can make you sick if eaten raw or under cooked.

In 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to raw cookie dough sickened 63 people, the CDC reports. "Because of this concern, when my kids and I make cookie dough, we never use regular eggs".

"When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked".

That's due to the untreated flour and raw eggs.

Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods. The CDC issued a warning to people baking this holiday season to avoid eating raw cookie dough.

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

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

However: Don't fret, there is some cookie dough you can eat.

The CDC wants to remind all the bakers that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick, according to their website. They say this is one of the many reasons you shouldn't taste your dough before its baked.

Perhaps it might be better to stick with those "cookie dough" flavored, store-bought, safe desserts.

"Flour is a known culprit for carrying E. coli in which symptoms may appear three to four days after consuming the product and can result in fever, cramping, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting", King said.

Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.

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

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