The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want to remind you not to eat raw dough. This is especially important advice at this time of year, when people do a lot of baking. Avoiding raw dough can save you and your loved ones a trip to the emergency room.
Raw dough can contain bacteria that can cause disease. The CDC points out that flour is a raw agricultural product. It has not been treated to kill germs like E.coli. The bacteria that is in flour are killed when food that is made with flour is cooked.
You should never eat raw dough. Eating or tasting unbaked products that contain flour can make you sick. Dough can also contain raw eggs, that can contain a germ called Salmonella. People can become sick from that germ if they eat raw or lightly cooked eggs.
There has been more than one flour-containing product that has been recalled by the CDC. Do not bake, use, or eat those products. This is the one time when it is best to just throw it away before anyone gets sick from it. Another option is to return those products to the store for a refund.
Some types of Duncan Hines cake mixes have been recalled because they contained Salmonella. Many General Mills products, including bread mixes, brownie and cake mixes, flours, muffin mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and meat and poultry products have been recalled because they contained E. coli.
Don’t allow children to play with raw dough. The uncooked flour in it can make them sick, especially if they eat some of it or put their fingers in their mouths after playing with the dough.
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