CDC wants you to say 'NO' to raw cookie dough

It's the holiday baking season and the Center for Disease Control is warning citizens to avoid raw cookie dough. (Courtesy: MGN)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - It's the holiday baking season and the Center for Disease Control is warning citizens to avoid raw cookie dough.

Health officials with the CDC say eating or tasting unbaked products, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.

Flour and raw eggs especially can contain bacteria and salmonella. The warning isn’t just for cookies. The CDC says it also includes other unbaked dough for things like pizza, biscuits, or other things with raw flour – like homemade play dough.

So while you may want to sneak a taste, the CDC says it's better for your health to wait until the baked goods are fully cooked.

The CDC said you should make sure you follow these practices:

  • Bake or cook raw dough before eating
  • Follow the recipe and bring food to the proper temperature
  • Keep raw eggs and flour separate from ready-to-eat-foods

The CDC has a full list of safe food handling practices on their website.





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