Nestle’s said the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were investigating reports of 66 illnesses across 28 states tied to E. coli O157:H7. Twenty five people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. A spokesperson from the company has strongly advised people to not eat raw cookie dough–a warning prominently displayed on the packaging. Food poisoning from E. coli can cause cramping, vomiting and diarrhea.
The following Nestle’s Toll House products are being recalled: refrigerated Cookie Bar Dough, Cookie Dough Tub, Cookie Dough Tube, Limited Edition Cookie Dough items, Seasonal Cookie Dough and Ultimates Cookie Bar Dough. If you currently have any of these products in your home, throw them away. The FDA advises against trying to cook the product as handlers may get the bacteria on their hands or cooking surfaces.
I never did get the fascination with cookie dough; I’ve always thought it was nasty. Saying that, I never considered that it was raw food. Duh, in hindsight. Of course it’s raw food and can harbor bacteria, so safety requires cooking it. Bet all those ice cream manufacturers feel dumb now–I sure would. So toss out the Toll House products sitting in your fridge, peeps–you’ll have to settle for Pepperidge Farms this weekend.