Raw cookie dough blamed for Salmonella outbreak

The CDC, the FDA, and several state agencies are working together to investigate 18 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses in 6 states.

Two people have been hospitalized.

The illnesses are believed to be linked to Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake raw Chocolate Chip Cookie and S’mores Bars dough.

The implicated products are sold in Papa Murphy’s stores across the United States.

The company has temporarily stopped sale of their raw cookie dough products.

Outbreak-related cases of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported by the states of California (1), Idaho (4), Missouri (1), Oregon (4), Utah (2), and Washington (6).

At least two of the victims infected with the outbreak strain did not eat at Papa Murphy’s.

Investigators are working to identify the contaminated ingredient in the raw cookie dough products.

Advice for consumers

  • Check your refrigerator and freezer for Papa Murphy’s chocolate chip cookie dough or S’mores bars dough. Throw away any remaining raw cookie dough even if it didn’t make you sick, and wash all surfaces and utensils that may have come into contact with the raw dough.
  • Due to the potential for contamination, never eat any raw cookie or dessert dough that is supposed to be cooked or baked. Papa Murphy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie and S’mores Bars dough are not meant to be eaten raw.
  • Always wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough or batter.
  • Keep raw food or dough separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any possible contamination from spreading.  Carefully clean and sanitize surfaces and utensils that came in contact with raw dough.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have symptoms of Salmonella infection after eating Papa Murphy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie and S’mores Bars dough.

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