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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to avoid eating raw cookie dough and other un- or under-cooked baked goods this holiday season.
Yes, uncooked cookie dough is delicious, and it’s often difficult to keep your hands out of the mixing bowl – especially this time of year; however, the CDC warns raw dough can contain bacteria that cause potentially life-threatening disease.
To stay safe, the CDC encourages bakers (and bakers helpers) to follow safe food handling practices, included but not limited to:
- Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
- Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
- Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
- Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
Even though it’s tempting, think about the potential consequences of licking that spatula.