- The CDC recently saw backlash after warning people not to eat raw cookie dough.
- While many assume the potential of salmonella in raw eggs is the biggest risk when eating raw cookie dough, unbaked flour can be just as dangerous.
- As of late May, 17 people in eight states have been infected in an E. coli outbreak linked to flour, sparking recalls of King Arthur Flour, Pillsbury, and Aldi brands.
- The CDC’s investigation into the current E. coli outbreak is ongoing, meaning that now is not the best time to eat raw dough.
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Now is not the time to be eating raw cookie dough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently sparked backlash on Twitter by reminding people not to eat raw cookie dough.
[maintains expressionless eye contact eating entire tube of chocolate chip]
— PrinceOfWhalesHat (@Popehat) June 11, 2019
I can’t live with that kind of negativity in my life.
— Dan Levey (@iamdanlevey) June 11, 2019
I love that Americans are all united in our willingness to die rather than give up raw cookie dough. https://t.co/ZUwu40gExG
— Hans Fiene (@HansFiene) June 12, 2019
If people clicked the link instead of uniting in their dedication to eating raw cookie dough, they might see why the CDC is highlighting these risks right now.
As of late May, 17 people in eight states have been infected with E. coli linked to ADM Milling Co. Flour from Aldi, Pillsbury, and King Arthur Flour has been recalled in connection to these E. coli concerns.
Most people assume that the major risk when consuming raw cookie dough is in the eggs. However, the egg industry has actually made great strides in food safety since the ’90s, according to food-poisoning advocate and attorney Bill Marler.
While fewer people are worried about raw flour, it carries plenty of risks, Marler says. In 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to raw flour sickened 63 people.
“Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. This means it hasn’t been treated to kill germs like Escherichia coli (E. coli),” according to the CDC. “Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it’s still in the field or at other steps during flour production.”
The CDC’s investigation into the current E. coli outbreak linked to flour is ongoing. So, even if you’re usually someone willing to take the risk for some delicious cookie dough, it is currently a good time to wait until the cookies make it out of the oven.