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You Can Have Your Raw Cookie Dough and Eat It Too: Healthy Safety Tips


Don’t risk foodborne illness, enjoy this eggless dough instead

Don’t risk salmonella poisoning or E. Coli contamination; instead make this homemade, eggless, edible raw cookie dough.

I know I’ve snuck a bite or two of raw cookie dough and lived to tell the tale, but that doesn’t mean that the risk of salmonella doesn’t still loom in the background.

Of all the cookie doughs you could consume, homemade might be the riskiest, if you make yours with eggs, which most people do. Store-bought cookie doughs, like Nestlé Toll House use pasteurized eggs, which minimizes — but does not eliminate — the risk of contracting salmonella poisoning.

You can actually get sick from raw cookie dough. In 2009, Nestlé had to recall nearly 4 million packages of its cookie dough after 77 people in 30 states contracted E. coli poisoning. With any raw food, the risk of foodborne illness is alive and very real.

Lucky for any cookie-dough addicts out there, who just can’t wait for the oven to work its magic, we have a cookie dough recipe that is meant solely for your raw enjoyment — sans eggs, packed with toppings, and oh-so delicious.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


Say No to Raw Dough

Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
  • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
    • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
      with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
  • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
  • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

    Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

    The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

    The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


    Say No to Raw Dough

    Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

    When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

    Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

    Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

    Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

    In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

    Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

    Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

    Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

    Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

    • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
    • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
    • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
    • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
    • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
    • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
      • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
        with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
    • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

      Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

      The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

      The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


      Say No to Raw Dough

      Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

      When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

      Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

      Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

      Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

      In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

      Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

      Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

      Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

      Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

      • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
      • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
      • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
      • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
      • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
      • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
        • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
          with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
      • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
      • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

        Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

        The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

        The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


        Say No to Raw Dough

        Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

        When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

        Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

        Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

        Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

        In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

        Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

        Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

        Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

        Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

        • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
        • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
        • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
        • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
        • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
        • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
          • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
            with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
        • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
        • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

          Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

          The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

          The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


          Say No to Raw Dough

          Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

          When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

          Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

          Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

          Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

          In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

          Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

          Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

          Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

          Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

          • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
          • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
          • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
          • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
          • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
          • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
            • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
              with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
          • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
          • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

            Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

            The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

            The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


            Say No to Raw Dough

            Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

            When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

            Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

            Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

            Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

            In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

            Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

            Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

            Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

            Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

            • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
            • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
            • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
            • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
            • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
            • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
              • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
                with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
            • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
            • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

              Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

              The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

              The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


              Say No to Raw Dough

              Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

              When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

              Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

              Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

              Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

              In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

              Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

              Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

              Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

              Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

              • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
              • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
              • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
              • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
              • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
              • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
                • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
                  with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
              • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
              • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

                Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

                The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

                The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


                Say No to Raw Dough

                Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

                When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

                Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

                Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

                Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

                In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

                Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

                Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

                Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

                Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

                • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
                • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
                • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
                • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
                • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
                • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
                  • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
                    with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
                • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
                • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

                  Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

                  The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

                  The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


                  Say No to Raw Dough

                  Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

                  When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

                  Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

                  Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

                  Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

                  In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

                  Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

                  Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

                  Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

                  Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

                  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
                  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
                  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
                  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
                  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
                  • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
                    • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
                      with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
                  • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
                  • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

                    Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

                    The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

                    The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.


                    Say No to Raw Dough

                    Spending time with family while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough.

                    When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this temptation&mdashyou can get sick after eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be baked, such as dough or batter. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too.

                    Raw Dough Can Contain Germs That Make You Sick

                    Flour doesn&rsquot look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn&rsquot been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it&rsquos still in the field or at other steps during flour production. Processing steps like grinding grain and bleaching flour do not kill germs such as E. coli.

                    Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter&mdashwhether made from recalled flour or any other flour.

                    In recent years (2016 and 2019), two outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made more than 80 people sick. Flour and baking mixes that contain flour have long shelf lives, so it&rsquos a good idea to check your pantry to see if you have any flour or baking mixes that have been recalled in recent years. If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away.

                    Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning. Eggs are safe to eat when cooked and handled properly.

                    Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.

                    Eating uncooked flour or raw eggs can make you sick. Don&rsquot taste or eat raw dough or batter!

                    Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:

                    • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts, made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
                    • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
                    • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
                    • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
                    • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
                    • Do not use raw homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
                      • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
                        with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
                    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
                    • Pay Close Attention to Any Symptoms

                      Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

                      The symptoms of E. coli infections vary but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. People usually get sick 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people recover within a week. However, some people develop a serious type of illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.

                      The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4 to 7 days and people recover without antibiotics. Illness from Salmonella bacteria can be serious and is more dangerous for adults age 65 and older, infants, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body&rsquos ability to fight germs and sickness.