Friday, June 19, 2009
Nestle Cookie Dough Recalled
Is nothing sacred? Are there no simple joys in life that we can count on? It turns out Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough has been recalled because...are you ready for this?...they found the bacteria E. coli in it. Yes, E. coli, that little bacteria that causes gastroenteritis with cramping and diarrhea somehow got into the cookie dough.
The health department in Washington State found the link after 28 states reported outbreaks. It's amazing that they were able to track it back to cookie dough, but sure enough when they went back to investigate other victims, they had indeed eaten the raw dough.
It turns out you should never eat the dough without cooking it and baked cookies are not infected. I used that cookie dough a week ago for a school function and, I must admit, I did sample a bit of it as I was cooking. I think I might have had some GI symptoms afterward....hmmmmmm.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:23 PM