The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning against the temptation to indulge in raw cookie dough that could contain bacteria like e. coli and salmonella.

Raw eggs are the main reason of concern in unbaked cookie dough that could be contaminated with salmonella.

The CDC recommends these steps to stay happy & healthy this Christmas season:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
  • Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
  • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Do not lick Santa's beard. (Just wanted to see if you're paying attention.) LOL
  • Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
  • Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
  • Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough:
  • Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched.
  • Wash bowls, utensils, counter-tops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

The CDC also asks people to check for recalled flour products because it can sit on the shelf for a while before it’s used. Get the details HERE.

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