NEW YORK (WPIX)—One of America's favorite cookies is being blacklisted. The Food and Drug Administration is urging people, who have Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough in their refrigerators, to give the product a toss--because it could cause them to toss their cookies, and much worse.
In a statement, the FDA said there have been 66 reports of possible E. Coli-related illnesses across 28 states since March. About 25 people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. In all cases, officials believe raw cookie dough may have been ingested.
The products in question include refrigerated cookie bar dough, cookie dough tub, cookie dough tubes, limited edition cookie dough items, seasonal cookie dough and Ultimates cookie bar dough.
The FDA is urging people to bring the affected products to their supermarkets for a full refund. They also can call Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-559-5025 or visit Nestle's Web site by clicking, here.
Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said the company is fully cooperating with the FDA's investigation and emphasized that refigerated cookie dough should never be eaten raw.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and in extreme cases, kidney failure.