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Recall Of Pre-packaged Cookie Dough

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Spread the word: Nestle is recalling its pre-packaged Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough because some packages may have been contaminated with a nasty form of E.coli.

The FDA and CDC strongly urge anyone who already has the stuff in the fridge not to eat it. Their investigations show that the pre-packaged dough seems the likely culprit behind the illnesses of 66 people in 28 states who've become sick over the last couple of months with cramping, vomiting and bloody diarrhea traced to the bacteria E.coli 0157:H7.

Most healthy adults recover quickly, but the bacteria can cause a fatal kidney condition, particularly in young children and the elderly. No deaths have been recorded in the current outbreak.

And though cooking does kill the bacteria, handling raw dough spreads it around. Better to toss even unopened packages, Nestle and food officials agree. Further, the FDA recommends:

Individuals who have recently eaten prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House cookie dough and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

Please note, chocoholics: It's just the pre-packaged dough that's the problem. The chocolate chips and other products are AOK.

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