The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people to steer clear of raw cookie dough, but it’s not due to the raw eggs in the recipe. The FDA says there is another source of harm lurking in the dough that you might not have thought about before.
The FDA says most consumers understand the risk of getting salmonella from raw cookie dough because of the uncooked eggs. However, officials say the flour in the mix is also a threat. A senior advisor with the FDA says flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field, which is not treated in order to kill bacteria. That means, if animal uses the fields for waste discretion, their feces will add bacteria to the field, which could contaminate the grain, which is then turned into flour. Boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving and frying will all kill the bacteria.
In addition to raw cookie dough, the FDA says you should stay away from ingesting cake mix, batter or any other raw dough or batter used for cooking or baking. The experts also advise to avoid giving your kids raw dough to play with. It’s a common past time to use flour to make a play clay. Officials say while kids probably aren’t eating these mixtures, they might put their hands in their mouths afterward. The FDA says childcare facilities, schools and restaurants should not support playing with any sort of raw dough.
The warning comes as officials investigate an E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people across the country from December 2015 to May 2016. The investigation found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of the patients was made with General Mills flour produced in a Kansas City, Missouri facility. Additional testing linked bacteria in a flour sample to bacteria from people who had become ill. General Mills issued a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of flour sold under the names Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen’s and Gold Medal Wondra.
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