Nestle’s oh-so-convenient tubes of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough are being recalled by the company due to several reported cases of E. coli illnesses that may have originated by eating raw cookie dough. So far, 65 people in 29 states have come up positive, according to the FDA. The E. coli strain has not been definitively linked to the cookie dough, but as there is reported to be a strong correlation between the raw dough and the illnesses, Nestle launched a voluntary recall this morning of all refrigerated cookie dough products. None of their other products are included in the recall.
It is worth noting that the directions on the cookie dough package strongly discourage eating the dough raw, as tempting as it may be, in all situations.
Sounds like a good reason to bake some chocolate chip cookies from scratch!
SueJune 19, 2009
Making homemade cookie dough does not eliminate the e coli risk, which arises from the raw eggs.
ChrystalJune 19, 2009
So many things seem to have E. coli now.
LindaJune 19, 2009
Sue, I’d trust my own cookie dough to any on a shelf. At least I know how the eggs are handled and from a reputable source and how I handle the ingredients when baking. I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to eat it but I feel safe eating my own raw cookie and cake batter and dough. Thanks for the heads up! I never buy or eat the stuff so I’m good there!
LexyJune 19, 2009
The E. coli cases are unfortunate. But from a nutritional standpoint, it’s probably for the better that the dough is recalled anyway. As Linda stated, I’ll take my own cookie dough before any on the shelf. Just take a glance at the ingredients!
INGREDIENTS: BLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, NESTLE SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHUNKS (SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE [SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAV0R]), MARGARINE (PALM OIL, WATER, SUNFLOWER OIL, HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, VEGETABLE MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BETA CAROTENE COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE ADDED), WATER, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, MOLASSES, EGGS, EGG YOLKS, BAKING SODA, SALT, CORNSTARCH, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, VANILLA EXTRACT, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
Looks like a novel compared to even my most involved chocolate-chip cookie recipes! And I really don’t feel right consuming something so packed with preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and other junk that is just overly processed. Nestle is certainly welcome to keep their convenience dough to themselves.
ChrysJune 20, 2009
E. coli can be acquired through improper hygiene of the food handler or the ones cooking the food, if they are careless when they are preparing their food then they have a big chance of acquiring E. coli.
ChristineJune 20, 2009
Thanks a million…I actually had some of this. Sad…
dietSeptember 17, 2009
Thanks a lot!! I will surely gonna buy it!! I am just crazy about cookies.. But before read this post i was not aware about E.coli. Great post!!!