FDA Confirms E. Coli Found in Nestle Cookie Dough
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The contaminated sample was collected at Nestle's facility in Danville, Va. on Thursday, the FDA said in a statement.
Nestle SA earlier on Monday announced a recall of Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, saying the FDA had found evidence of E. Coli in a production sample of a refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar.
Nestle's USA's baking division said the recall did not include other Nestle toll house products or any Nestle professional cookie dough products destined for foodservice use.
On June 19, the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers not to eat pre-packaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, citing the risk of E. Coli contamination.
The warning was based on an epidemiological study conducted by the CDC and local health departments, the FDA said.
As of last Thursday, the CDC reported that 69 people in 29 states had been infected with a strain of E. Coli. Thirty-four people have been hospitalized.
The FDA said more tests were needed to conclusively link the E. Coli strain found in the cookie dough to the strain that is causing the outbreak.
E. coli O157:H7 can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible.
Here are some food safety tips from the FDA:
-NEVER EAT EGGS RAW. If you want to eat cookie dough without cooking it, and you are making it at home, consider using pasteurized eggs.
-WASH WELL. Always thoroughly wash your hands, food and cooking surfaces and utensils before and after preparing any food that could be contaminated, and after touching any animals that could carry salmonella, particularly reptiles.
-COOK SUFFICIENTLY. Many bacteria can be destroyed when food is cooked to recommended temperatures. However, Nestle and the FDA are recommending that no one bake or eat the products being recalled in any form.
-CHILL PROMPTLY. Stow perishables as soon as you bring them home, and check that your refrigerator is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and your freezer at zero degrees Fahrenheit or below.
-ALWAYS OBEY RECALLS. For a constantly updating list of food and drug recalls, check http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm. For information on food-borne germs that can make people sick, visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm103263.htm.