Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been linked to consumption of Nestle raw refrigerated cookie dough

Saturday - Jun 20, 2009

If you have this product in your home throw it away.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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).

E. coli 0157:H7 causes abdominal cramping, vomiting, and a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Individuals who have recently eaten this product and have experienced any of the symptoms listed above should contact your physician immediately for testing and contact your local health department to report the illness.

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 the FDA website.

Consumers who have additional questions about these products should contact Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 and/or visit their website at www.verybestbaking.com.