Attention foodies: Eating unbaked cookie dough can make you sick

  • AFP, Washington
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2016 21:37 IST
Eating raw dough or batter in all its forms can make you and your family sick. (Shutterstock)

Do you often sneak a bite of the cookie dough before it makes it to the oven? You shouldn’t, as it can make you sick, warns the US Food and Drug Administration.

According to the FDA’s Jenny Scott, eating raw dough or batter in all its forms — whether it’s for cookies, bread, pizza or tortillas — could make you and your family sick, with the FDA advising every member of the family to stop eating and even playing with the mixture.

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The organisation also advises parents to not give children baking mixes that contain flour, and not include raw home-made cookie dough in home-made ice cream. It suggests consumers to buy commercially made products instead.

For those still wanting to use dough in their cooking and baking, bacteria can be killed during food preparation by methods such as boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving and frying.

Boil, roast, microwave and fry your food properly to kill bacteria. (Istock)

How to handle foods safely

* FDA offers these tips for safe food handling to keep you and your family healthy:

* Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.

* Follow package directions for cooking products containing flour at proper temperatures and for specified times.

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* Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.

* Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour may spread easily due to its powdery nature.

* Follow label directions to chill products containing raw dough promptly after purchase until baked.

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