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According to Scott, the bottom line for you and your kids is don’t eat raw dough. And even though there are websites devoted to “flour crafts,” don’t give your kids raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with.
Why? Flour, regardless of the brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, is investigating an outbreak of infections that illustrates the dangers of eating raw dough. Dozens of people across the country have been sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121.
Why Flour? People often understand the dangers of eating raw dough due to the presence of raw eggs and the associated risk with Salmonella. However, consumers should be aware that there are additional risks associated with the consumption of raw dough, such as particularly harmful strains of E. coli in a product like flour. “Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour. Common “kill steps” applied during food preparation and/or processing (so-called because they kill bacteria that cause infections) include boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, and frying. But with raw dough, no kill step has been used. And don’t make homemade cookie dough ice cream either. If that’s your favorite flavor, buy commercially made products. Manufacturers should use ingredients that include treated flour and pasteurized eggs.
Investigation of the Outbreak Collaborative investigative efforts of state, local, and federal health and regulatory officials indicate that flour produced at General Mills’ Kansas City, Missouri facility is a likely source of this outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.
Some of the recalled flours had been sold to restaurants that allow children to play with dough made from the raw flour while waiting for their meals
originally posted by: Tarzan the apeman.
a reply to: ketsuko
Next it will be...............the sperm entering the egg causes death............which would be true, but an expressive study must be done and words must be spoken.
Cookie dough was tasty when I was a child and is still just as tasty as an adult.
originally posted by: kaylaluv
The raw flour is more of a problem than the egg. I have eaten cookie dough with almond flour I made myself. Tastes pretty good!
Some of you are complaining about the FDA's recommendation, but you'd feel pretty bad if you fed your child raw cookie dough and they had to go to the hospital while suffering immensely from bacteria poisoning, wouldn't you? Sure, we can't protect them from everything, but why take stupid chances? Might as well let them play in a busy street....