The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention are warning consumers not to eat any varieties
of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the
risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 (a bacterium that causes
food borne illness).
The FDA advises that if consumers have any prepackaged, refrigerated
Nestle Toll House cookie dough products in their home that they throw
them away. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers might
get the bacteria on their hands and on other cooking surfaces.
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Retailers, restaurateurs, and personnel at other food-service
operations should not sell or serve any Nestle Toll House prepackaged,
refrigerated cookie dough products subject to the recall.
Nestle USA, which manufactures and markets the Toll House cookie
dough, is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation by the FDA
and CDC. The warning is based on an ongoing epidemiological study
conducted by the CDC and several state and local health departments.
Since March 2009 there have been 66 reports of illness across 28
states. Twenty-five persons were hospitalized; 7 with a severe
complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). No one has died.
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E. coli O157:H7 causes abdominal cramping, vomiting and a diarrheal
illness, often with bloody stools. Most healthy adults can recover
completely within a week. Young children and the elderly are at highest
risk for developing HUS, which can lead to serious kidney damage and
Individuals who have recently eaten prepackaged, refrigerated Toll
House cookie dough and have experienced any of these symptoms should
contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such
illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.
The FDA reminds consumers they should not eat raw food products that
are intended for cooking or baking before consumption. Consumers should
use safe food-handling practices when preparing such products,
including following package directions for cooking at proper
temperatures; washing hands, surfaces, and utensils after contact with
these types of products; avoiding cross contamination; and
refrigerating products properly.
For more information on safe food handling practices, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm109899.htm.
Consumers who have additional questions about these products should
contact Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 and/or visit their
Web site at www.verybestbaking.com.
For a complete listing of the recalled products go to: