Friday, June 19, 2009

Nestle Cookie Dough Tied to 66 Illnesses From E. Coli

Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough Recall

Photo Credit Anna Molly Madison

Nestle is voluntarily recalling all of its refrigerated cookie dough products in the midst of an E. coli outbreak that has a strong link to the product. Sixty-five people in 29 states have fallen ill after eating the raw cookie dough. Twenty-five of these victims have required hospitalization. There has been no loss of life.

E. coli is a potentially fatal bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The FDA has asked anyone possessing the product to throw it away and to not sell or serve these items. Items can be returned to the place of purchase for a refund. While the baked products are considered safe to eat, the FDA is asking everyone to not use the product. Bacteria from the dough can be transferred via hands or other surfaces the dough might come in contact with.

The company has temporarily ceased refrigerated dough production while the FDA inspects the plant. The recall includes refrigerated cookie bar dough, cookie dough tubs, cookie dough tubes, limited edition cookie dough items, seasonal cookie dough and Ultimates cookie bar dough. Nestle said about 300,000 cases of Nestle Toll House cookie dough are affected by the recall, which covers chocolate chip dough, gingerbread, sugar, peanut butter dough and other varieties.
Nestle cookie dough is linked to E. coli and recalled San Jose Mercury News

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