Ahead of holidays, CDC issues warning against eating raw cookie dough

Ahead of the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, cake mix or bread.

"When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked," the CDC wrote in a message on its website. 

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"But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick. Children can get sick from handling or eating raw dough used for crafts or play clay, too," the CDC added.

The CDC warned that consuming raw dough can cause diseases, including E. coli infections. In 2016, 63 people were infected following an outbreak of E. coli that was linked to raw flour.

Additionally, raw eggs that are used to make raw dough or batter can cause Salmonella, the CDC warned.

The CDC also noted that its warning against consuming raw dough extends beyond cookies and also includes raw dough or batter for biscuits, tortillas, pizza, pancakes and crafts made with raw flour.