CDC Investigates Outbreak Linked To Cookie Dough

Reports show that at least 18 cases of salmonella poisoning have been reported in at least six states. The CDC and other federal and state organizations are investigating whether these cases are related to the raw cookie dough supplied by Papa Murphy’s.

The CDC said on Tuesday that people had become ill in the states of Missouri, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and California. From February 27th to May 2nd, illnesses were recorded.

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake raw cookie dough may be tainted, according to interviews with individuals who became ill after eating it. The CDC claimed that some people had eaten the cookie dough uncooked.

According to the CDC’s website, six Washingtonians, four Idahoans, and four Oregonians have become ill. Two individuals in Utah have become sick, officials there said. One person in California and another in Missouri have become sick.

It was unknown which hospital two persons were sent to. There have been no recorded fatalities.

Salmonella often causes diarrhea, fever, and pain in the abdomen up to a week after exposure. According to the CDC,  most patients fully recover without any medication at all.

Sickness is more likely to be life-threatening in those under the age of 5, those over the age of 65, and those with compromised immune systems.

Raw eggs and flour are both potential health hazards in this recipe.

According to Insider, Salmonella, a bacterium found in raw eggs, is responsible for the annual illness of roughly 1.2 million individuals in the United States. Symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Raw flour may be contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli, even if it doesn’t smell or taste bad.

A cooking website notes that not all doughs require the use of raw eggs. Many are promoted as “edible,” and vegan recipes sometimes call for alternatives to eggs, such as egg substitutes.

Eating this type of uncooked dough poses no risk of E. coli contamination or salmonella. Unless, of course, the dough has passed its use-by date.