Friday, July 24, 2009

Ecoli Outbreak Points to Cookie Dough

The Consumer Protection Unit of the Belize Bureau of Standards is warning consumers about the outbreak of E.coli in raw refrigerated pre-packaged cookie dough. Consumers are being advised not to eat the Nestle Toll House refrigerated, pre-packaged cookie dough and to throw away the product if they have already purchased it.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday, June 22 of this year issued an alert regarding the outbreak of Ecoli in the cookie dough, saying that 70 persons from 30 states in the United States were infected with a particular strain of the Ecoli virus.
Those affected range from persons two to 65 years of age, with 66% being under 19 years old. Females make up the majority of infected persons, representing 75% of the total who have become ill from eating these cookies. “People infected with Ecoli may develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps two to eight days after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses last longer and are more severe,” the Bureau explained in a press release this week. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meanwhile has posted a warning to consumers advising them not to eat the Nestle Toll House prepackaged cookie. (Source: The Reporter Newspaper)

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