On Friday, Nestle’s U.S. baking division said that it was voluntarily recalling its Toll House refrigerated cookie products from shelves after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against the risk of contamination from E. coli bacteria.
Nestle said that the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were concerned about reports of illnesses from E. coli O157:H7 by consumers who reported having consumed raw cookie dough. The FDA said that E. coli causes abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea.
The FDA said that since March, there have been 66 reports of the illness in 28 states. They also said that 25 people were hospitalized, but no one has died.
“We want to strongly advise consumers that raw cookie dough should not be eaten,” Nestle said in a statement. “This message also appears prominently on our packaging.”
According to Nestle, the products involved in the recall included all of its Toll House refrigerated Cookie Bar Dough, Cookie Dough Tub, Cookie Dough Tube, Limited Edition Cookie Dough Items, Seasonal Cookie Dough and Ultimates Cookie Bar Dough.
The FDA did advise consumers to throw away their purchased products. It said that cooking the dough was not recommended because of the risk of getting the bacteria on their hands and cooking surfaces.
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