CDC says to say no to raw cookie dough
The holiday season means baking holiday cookies and treats for lots people. But the CDC wants to warn bakers and their families to avoid snacking on raw cookie dough and cake batters.
Raw dough can contain harmful bacteria: salmonella is a risk with raw eggs, but flour can also pose a risk as E. coli can lurk in raw flour. These bacteria can make you sick, but are killed when doughs are properly cooked.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick.
The CDC offers some tips for safe food handling:
* Do not eat or taste any raw doughs, including for cookies, biscuits, pancakes, pizza or tortillas
* Do not let children play or eat raw dough
* Bake or cook raw dough before eating
* Follow recipes and directions and bake to the proper temperature
* Do not use raw flour in milk shakes
* Do not use raw dough in homemade ice cream
* Keep flour and eggs separate from ready-to-eat foods
* Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs or raw dough
So if you can’t help yourself and need a cookie dough treat, stick to commercially sold cookie dough which is sold ready to eat.
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @frnkstar.