FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

Cookie Dough
In this undated file photo, cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning that’s sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn’t eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.

The FDA says some of those who got sick ate or handled raw dough that contained flour made at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri. General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under the Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen brands.

Photos of recalled flour from General Mills.
Photos of recalled flour from General Mills.

The agency also warns against using dough for play clay or homemade ornaments.

The CDC is advising restaurants not to give kids raw dough to play with while waiting for meals.

Nationally, 38 people in 20 states have been infected between late December 2015 and early May 2016, health officials report.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, four adults from Kent, Ottawa, Oakland and Ingham counties were sickened by the strain of E. coli.

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