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How Risky Is It to Eat Raw Cookie Dough?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration warn against eating or playing with raw dough, or any food with raw eggs and flour, to prevent the transmission of foodborne pathogens
  • Although salmonella contamination is a well-publicized problem with raw eggs, raw flour also may be contaminated with E. coli, potentially from manure runoff from nearby concentrated animal feeding operations
  • Pay close attention to symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and vomiting, as they may indicate an infection with E. coli or salmonella. Most will recover with supportive care at home, but days of diarrhea may need hospitalization to treat dehydration
  • Sweet treats are often part of a tradition for special occasions and holidays; consider ditching cookie dough or cake batter for a chocolate powerhouse tasty treat of chocolate and avocado truffles

It may be difficult to keep your fingers out of cookie dough as you're making holiday and birthday treats throughout the year, but that's exactly what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise you do.

Baking cakes and cookies has become a tradition in some families, often centered on specific celebrations. It’s common for parents to give children small bits of cookie dough to keep them occupied, or so they may form their own cookies.

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