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Toll House Cookie Dough Recall

If you were thinking of making chocolate chip cookies for Father's Day, better plan to make them from scratch. Nestle has issued a recall of ALL of its prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House Cookie Dough products because of potential E. coli contamination. Since March, 66 people have been sickened, and 25 hospitalized, by these products.

If you have any of these products at home, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises to throw them away. The FDA warns against baking the dough for fear that if you handle the raw stuff as you remove it from its container and place it on a baking sheet, the E. coli bacteria will spread to your hands and all over your kitchen.

E. coli can cause abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes a bloody stool. Most adults recover within a week, but young children and the elderly are at increased risk of developing severe kidney disease if infected by the bacteria.

Here's the Nestle recall notice and the FDA's press release.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  June 19, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Family Health , Food Safety and Recalls  
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FYI, the links are backwards.. The FDA link takes you to Nestle's website, and the Nestle link takes you to the FDA.

Posted by: napalmgod | June 19, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, I find it hysterical that Nestle put out a notice saying that under no circumstances should you consume their chocolate chip cookie dough, and yet the bottom of their notice, in the "About Nestle" section, has:

"Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that enrich the very experience of life itself. "

Enrich the very experience of life itself, where life = salmonella poisoning?

Posted by: napalmgod | June 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

You know what kills me? It is SO not hard to make Tollhouse/chocolate chip cookies. I've never understood why they prepackaged cookie dough. The most expensive thing are the morsels....

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 19, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

No self-respecting person would use pre=packaged cookie or cake mix. (Just like paint-by-number is real art, right?) It's so easy to do from scratch, and you can tell a pre=packaged mix was used before you bite into that stuff.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 19, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just typical of Americans always throwing stuff away. You don't have to throw it away, just bake it into cookies like you're supposed to. A 350 degree oven will kill any E Coli ever made.

Posted by: brewstercounty | June 19, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is more information on the cookie dough recall:

Posted by: muckraker462 | June 22, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

yes, it is true that cooking the dough/cookies at 350 degrees will kill the bacteria. But the fact remains, the dough is contaminated by some sort of feces. Does not pass the ick nast factor in my book. And yes, I know there is a limited amount of this stuff that's legal by law, but still, yuck. I will avoid.

Posted by: khachiya1 | June 22, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Commenting late, but had to address the misconception: baking will indeed kill e. coli, but it WILL NOT kill the toxins that an e. coli colony produces. So, if there has been significant bacterial growth in the product, you can't do anything with it but throw it away.

Posted by: xckq | June 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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