Eating Raw Cookie Dough Is Much Worse For You Than You Think

The FDA doesn’t want anybody to eat cookie dough, ever again. What the fuck, right? Apparently, a recent outbreak of e.Coli is ruining the fun for everyone, and the FDA wants you to know that the flour in raw cookie dough can cause people to get very sick.

General Mills recently recalled 10 million pounds of flour from three brands, Gold Medal, Signature Kitchen’s, and Gold Medal Wondra. “Dozens of people across the country have been sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121,” according to the FDA’s website.

38 people across 2o states, to be exact, the New York Times reports. A few have been hospitalized, but nobody has died of cookie dough. Yet.

While I thought the cookie dough trigger word was “salmonella,” I had it all wrong. The real culprit is flour.

“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” said Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety.

Oh, and stay away from homemade cookie dough ice cream as well, apparently. If any of you were planning on finding a loophole that way. No more of this, ever:


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