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CDC: Say NO to raw cookie dough

Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. This means it hasn’t been treated to kill germs like Escherichia coli (E. coli).

Atlanta, GA - Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. This means it hasn’t been treated to kill germs like Escherichia coli (E. coli).

Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it’s still in the field or at other steps as flour is produced. The bacteria are killed when food made with flour is cooked. This is why the CDC says you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter—whether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

In 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick. Flour products have long shelf lives and could be in people’s homes for a long time. If you have any recalled flour products in your home, throw them away.

In addition, raw eggs that are used to make raw dough or batter can contain a germ called Salmonella that can make you sick if the eggs are eaten raw or lightly cooked. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

Click here for more tips on safe food handling practices on its website.

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