Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC warns

Say no to raw cookie dough — CDC warns

Well, the health experts at the Centers for Disease Control say eating unbaked products can technically "make you sick".

The potential problem is with two primary ingredients. Raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can make you sick.

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.

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

Basically, the CDC wants you to stay clear.

The CDC also asks people to check for recalled flour products because it can sit on the shelf for a while before it's used. In 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections was linked to raw flour and caused 63 people to fall ill, according to the site. If you have any recalled flour products in your home, throw them away. As for the cookie dough, well, it may be better to stick to baking it into delicious cookies.

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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 bacteria is killed when food made with flour is cooked. "Because of this concern, when my kids and I make cookie dough, we never use regular eggs".

Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.

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

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

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

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