Officials at the Centers for Disease Control have finally found the cause of a multi-state E.coli outbreak that caused 77 illnesses across 30 states in 2009. As it turns out, the ready-to-bake prepackaged cookie dough found in nearly all of our grocery stores was the culprit.
Initially, researchers were unable to identify the ingredient at the root of the outbreak, but upon further investigation, they narrowed it down to raw flour. Unlike eggs, molasses, and sugar, flour doesn't go through the same sterilizing process that kills potentially dangerous bacteria like E. coli.
Remember that raw cookie dough isn't the only culprit of foodborne illness during the holiday season. Holiday parties are great for exchanging good will and gifts among family and friends, but they can sometimes lead to the unwanted exchange of harmful bacteria. Here are a few things you can do to avoid having food poisoning take the cheer out of your holiday:
Have a safe and happy holiday season!