The Nestle company is recalling an estimated 300,000 cases of the cookie dough as a precaution after reports of food-borne illnesses in 28 states.
The pre-made dough may be contaminated with the bacterium E. coli 0157:H7, which causes abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea, said the Food And Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young children and the elderly are more effected by the bacterium E. coli.
“While the E. coli strain implicated in this investigation has not been detected in our product, the health and safety of our consumers is paramount, so we are initiating this voluntary recall,” stated Nestle.
According to Laurie MacDonald Nestle spokes woman, raw dough was one of the things the sick people reported eating.
“The health and safety of our consumers is our No. 1 priority,” she said. “We felt the best thing to do is a voluntary recall.”
She said Nestle was informed by the FDA Wednesday night “and immediately took action.”
“We really want to remind consumers that raw cookie dough should not be eaten,” said MacDonald.
The CDC says, 66 people have become sick in 28 states after eating raw cookie dough since March. Twenty-five people were hospitalized and no one has died.
The FDA and the CDC say people who have become sick after eating refrigerated Toll House cookie dough should contact their doctors.
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