The CDC is begging you (again) to stop eating raw cookie dough amid a new multistate Salmonella outbreak that has hospitalized 3 people
At least 12 people are infected with Salmonella, a bacteria that causes stomach upset.
Most of them ate uncooked dough or batter before they got sick, according to the CDC.
Even a small taste of raw cookie dough may be dangerous, so be sure to bake it before eating.
Twelve people from 11 different states have gotten sick with Salmonella in recent months, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the flour in raw dough as the likely culprit.
The CDC has warned the public about the dangers of eating raw dough or batter in the past, as it contains uncooked flour and eggs that may sicken humans.
"Flour doesn't look like a raw food, but most flour is raw," the CDC wrote on its website. "This means that it hasn't been treated to kill germs that cause food poisoning."
Even a small amount of uncooked dough could be enough to make you sick to your stomach, the CDC said.
The agency is working to find a specific brand of flour linked to the outbreak, which took place between December 2022 and February 2023. During that period, at least three people were hospitalized for Salmonella infections.
People were sickened in 11 states, according to the CDC: California, Oregon, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, and New York.
Raw dough has caused Salmonella outbreaks before
While raw cookie dough and cake batter may be tempting to eat, food poisoning experts warn that it is a common source of foodborne illness.
Uncooked flour was recently named one of the top 10 foods implicated in disease outbreaks by Consumer Reports.
It's not just Salmonella that could be lurking in your flour jar — brownie and cake mixes have also been found to contain the bacteria E. coli, most recently sickening 16 people in 2021.
To reduce the risk of Salmonella in raw dough, food safety lawyer Bill Marler told Insider in an email that he recommends baking with flour that's already been heated to kill germs. You can buy heat-treated flour and edible cookie dough in stores, or put regular flour in the microwave or oven if you're making dough at home.
The CDC also recommends washing any bowls, utensils, or surfaces that touched raw flour — that includes your hands — with warm water and soap to avoid contamination.
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