FDA: Don't Use Recalled Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough; Instead, Look for 'New Batch' Label
July 16, 2009 -- It's safe to use new batches of Nestle Toll House cookie dough, according to the FDA and Nestle.
Nestle voluntarily recalled all of its Nestle Toll House cookie dough products on June 19 because of possible E. coli contamination.
E. coli bacteria can cause abdominal cramping, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea (which may be bloody). Most healthy people recover within a week, but serious complications can arise and are most common in young children, older people, and people with weak immune systems.
The FDA had found evidence of E. coli in a sample of the cookie dough.
Since the recall went into effect, Nestle has switched to new suppliers of the main ingredients of its Toll House cookie dough, and products made from those ingredients aren't part of the recall.
The FDA warns that people still shouldn't use Nestle Toll House cookie dough products that were recalled.
Look for a shield that says "new batch" on Nestle Toll House cookie dough product labels; those items are fine to use, according to the FDA.
The FDA and CDC also remind people never to eat any raw dough for cookies or other baked goods, regardless of where it came from, due to the risk of food poisoning from raw ingredients that are supposed to be baked before consumption.