CDC issues warning: Say no to raw cookie dough

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

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

This holiday season, you might find yourself whipping up a batch of delicious cookies in the kitchen.

For many, one of the best parts of making cookies for the holidays is the spoonful (or 10) of raw dough snuck from the bowl before it's scooped, baked and turned into actual cookies.

In 2016, an E.coli outbreak linked to raw flour made 63 people sick. 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.

That means no taste-testing batter or dough - not for cookies, cakes, pies or even bread and pizza crust.

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

This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter-whether made from recalled flour or any other flour. Instead, we use eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself.

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

"Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too", according to the CDC.

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

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

In recent years, public health experts have become vocal about raw flour, too.

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

Several flavors of Duncan Hines cake mix are part of the recall, including Classic White, Classic Yellow Cake, Classic Butter Golden Cake, and Confetti Cake varieties.

In addition, the CDC mentioned that salmonella could be present in raw eggs, which is often also used in creating cookie dough.

Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.

Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to-eat foods.

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