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

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
Melissa Porter | 11 December, 2018, 04:29

As the holiday baking season heats up, the CDC is warning families not to eat raw cookie dough.

The center also noted that raw eggs, which can also be used for baking to make raw cookie dough can also make people sick.

Flour and raw eggs can contain bacteria and salmonella.

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

So as much as you may want to sneak a taste, it's better for your health to wait until the treats are fully cooked. Both can cause serious illnesses.

The CDC said children can also get sick from handling or eating raw cookie dough that is used for crafts.

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

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

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. If you have any recalled flour products in your home, throw them away.

Instead, we use eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself. Stomach cramps and diarrhea are typical symptoms of food poisoning, and occur within six to 48 hours in the case of salmonella, but can take three to four days in the case of E. coli.

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

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

Cookie dough found in products like ice cream have already heated the dough to kill the germs, according to NBC News.

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

Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough by washing your hands thoroughly and washing bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.