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The Raw Deal From Raw Dough

Most grains are not treated to kill bacteria.

Do you find raw cookie dough irresistible? It could be a problem. The flour may contain bacteria--specifically Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. Common, light symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal cramps that go away in a week. However, in children under 5, it can cause a type of kidney failure. Be aware that even homemade "play" clay from raw dough could cause an infection. Read the whole U.S. FDA statement.

PositiveTip: For your safety, avoid eating raw dough and wash hands, surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour.