Cook Your Cookies: USDA Warns Against Eating Raw Cookie Dough and Other Flour-Based Foods

Welp.

Bon appetite.

So far, you’re still safe eating uncooked fish for Sushi but you’d batter better keeps your hands off that raw cookie dough says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Reportedly, the dough, made with flour, may be contaminated with E. coli.

An outbreak of Shiga toxin producing E. coli O121 was linked to flour.

Flour, which you know of course, is used to bake bread, cookies, pizza and tortillas—all the foods bad for our diets anyway so we got help on even more reasons to eat right, eh?

The outbreak was reported by the CDC earlier this month when approximately 38 people in 20 states were the subjects effected, prompting a recall by General Mills.

The company recalled about 10 million pounds of flour under brand names Gold Metal, Gold Medal Wondra, Cookie dough ecoliSignature’s Kitchen.

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people were hospitalized from the flour believed to have been produced at a General Mills facility in Kansas City Missouri.

Leslie Smoot, a specialist in the microbiology safety of processed foods and senior adviser of the FDA’s Office of Food Safety mentioned [that] flour is derived from a grain which comes directly from the field and typically not treated to kill bacteria.

All this said, your favorite fast food restaurants like Penn Station, pretty much all pizza shops (and others who insist on preparing food with no gloves on) will carry on business as usual: Bare handedly handling your food and kneading your dough.

Just so you know, if you’ve ever inquire about why, they come baring verbal preparation: promoting the fact that their “such and such degrees” oven your food is cooked in will kill off any possible bacteria.

Ew, still.

As unnerving as that sounds, E. coli indeed can be killed through common cooking methods which include baking, boiling, roasting or frying.

Having explained that, we’re guessing this all means ya just gotta cook your cookie.