Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC issues warning

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC issues warning

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

Flour and raw eggs especially can contain bacteria and salmonella respectively.

According to the CDC, each year 48 million people in the USA get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalised, and 3000 die. Cooking the flour will kill these germs but they can be present in flour's raw form.

Make sure raw eggs are not consumed. The CDC is once again warning consumers to steer clear of the temptation to nibble on raw dough or batter, warning that doing so could cause infection with harmful germs such as salmonella and E. coli. Flour sold in grocery stores is raw.

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

As much as you might want to sneak a taste, it's better for your health to wait until everything is fully cooked.

Officials said they can make you sick.

Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.

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Raw cookie dough is its own form of deliciousness that is like a pretreat before the actual treats are baked.

Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at University of MI, wrote in the Conversation in 2016 that his family eats raw cookie dough "regularly".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you to say "no" to raw cookie dough. "Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, and food safety recommendations encourage people to cook eggs until the white and yolk are firm in order to kill any bacteria", Zikmund-Fisher wrote.

Since it's not just raw eggs that can make people sick but also raw flour, the dough for vegan cookies is just as risky as nonvegan cookie dough. Kristi King, a senior clinical dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital, acknowledges that while not everyone who eats raw cookie dough will get sick, the risk is very real.

On raw flour, he said that contamination is "rare". With both illnesses, patients usually recover within less than a week, according to the agency.

So, what's so unsafe about raw cookie dough?

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

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