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FDA: Stop eating raw cookie dough; enjoying life.

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According to the FDA (Fun Deprivation Administration), a recent strand of E. coli infected American flour mills lead to an outbreak across 20 states, with 38 reported cases. They, along with the CDC, are urging that people need to stop eating raw cookie dough, living their lives, being great, and making the most of their brief, pitiful existence on this pale blue dot. From the FDA:

People often understand the dangers of eating raw dough due to the presence of raw eggs and the associated risk with Salmonella. However, consumers should be aware that there are additional risks associated with the consumption of raw dough, such as particularly harmful strains of E. coli in a product like flour.

“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour.

Common “kill steps” applied during food preparation and/or processing (so-called because they kill bacteria that cause infections) include boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, and frying. But with raw dough, no kill step has been used.

And don’t make homemade cookie dough ice cream either. If that’s your favorite flavor, buy commercially made products. Manufacturers should use ingredients that include treated flour and pasteurized eggs.

General Mills co-conspired with the FDA and recalled 10 million pounds of flour, ensuring millions of Americans would no longer be able to lick gooey, sweet, batter from their mother’s baster, successfully preventing the formation of priceless memories and lifelong family bonds.

It remains to be seen if Americans will become paralyzed by fear or move forward, showing E. coli that it can’t — no, it won’t — disrupt their way of life.

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