CDC warns against eating raw cookie dough

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(WTHR) — The CDC is letting it be known: Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick — that means raw cookie dough is a no-no.

It's tempting to grab a little taste of your baked goods before they go into the oven, but when you do that, you're putting yourself at risk for being sickened with E. coli and Salmonella.

E. coli can be present in flour before the cooking process kills it, and raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella.

The CDC has safe food handling tips for those cooking and baking with raw ingredients:

  • Stay away from raw dough and batter. That includes cookies, pizza, biscuits, pancakes and homemade play dough
  • Keep children away from raw dough that may be used in arts and crafts
  • Be sure to cook raw dough or batter ta the proper temperature and for the proper amount of time
  • Keep raw flour and eggs out of things that aren't cooked like homemade milkshakes and ice cream
  • Keep raw foods like flour and eggs separate from ready-to-eat foods
  • Clean up hands and surfaces thoroughly after handling eggs and flour

Symptoms for both E. coli and Salmonella infections can include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

More more tips on food safety, visit CDC.gov.

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