Just say no to cookie dough: CDC urges Americans to avoid the gooey delight

Mail Online | 12/10/2018 | Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
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It's gooey, it's sweet, and sometimes crunchy, warm, or aromatic.

But as tempting as it seems, raw cookie dough is equally dangerous and you should not eat it, health officials say.

Raw - Eggs - Salmonella - Risk - E

Raw eggs carry salmonella risk, and flour carries and E. coli risk - both of which can leave you sick for days, or even hospitalized.

In short, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, impatiently stealing a dollop on your finger, or licking the bowl, is the culinary equivalent of Russian roulette.

Home - Point - CDC - Warning - Sunday

To hammer home that point, the CDC put out a stern warning on Sunday, telling Americans not to eat raw cookie dough before the holidays. The FDA's Scott Gottlieb, MD, tweeted the warning, adding that it shouldn't be eaten after the holidays, either.

'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,' the CDC warning said.

Children - Dough - Dough - Crafts

'Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.'

The latest warning comes two years after an E.coli outbreak linked to flour sickened 63 Americans.

Investigation - Dr - Samuel - Crowe - Epidemiologist

It sparked a year-long investigation by Dr Samuel Crowe, an epidemiologist at the CDC who revealed to the New York Times that he has suffered from both salmonella and E. coli poisoning himself, describing the experiences as 'pretty darn unpleasant'.

Dr Crowe's report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine days before Thanksgiving last year, concluded that any flour can contain dormant bacteria - which is revived by the moisture of water, milk or eggs.

Conclusion - Outbreak - CDC - Survey - Data

Normally, to reach a conclusion about an outbreak, the CDC would mine survey data.

However, flour is not tracked by all questionnaires. So the team tracked down as many of the men,...
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