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FDA warns against cookie dough after E. coli outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday that eating raw cookie dough may be harmful to your health following a bacterial outbreak of Escherichia coli that prompted the recall of millions of pounds of flour.

“Eating raw dough or batter—whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas—could make you, and your kids sick,” Jenny Scott, an FDA advisor said in a statement. E. coli infection can cause abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, aches and diarrhea.

The E. coli outbreak, which has sickened dozens of people across the country, has been traced back to General Mills flour. Testing showed the strain was linked to bacteria in a Kansas City, Mo. flour facility. General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour earlier this month.

The FDA recommends people wash their hands after handling raw dough and follow directions for cooking baked goods “at proper temperatures.” The agency also warns parents against letting children play with raw dough in the house or in restaurants.

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