"Say no to raw dough" says the CDC

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This holiday season, you might find yourself whipping up a batch of festive cookies.

Officials are warning people not to eat the raw cookie dough.

Raw flour can be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli), and raw eggs have been a known carrier of salmonella bacteria. For example, in 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour impacted 63 people across the country, according to the CDC.

The CDC is using this holiday season to remind all the bakers out there that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick. "Whenever you consume raw eggs, you increase your risk of salmonella poisoning".

But just how risky is eating raw cookie dough?

Hypothetically, if you give in to temptation and sneak a scoop of raw dough, you'll know whether it was worth it in pretty short order. Both can cause serious illnesses.

Perhaps surprisingly, the uncooked flour in cookie dough is also a concern, according to the CDC.

"Raw cookie dough contains both raw agriculture and animal products, both of which can carry bacteria which may be harmful to us", she told CBS News.

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That's due to the untreated flour and raw eggs. They say this is one of the many reasons you shouldn't taste your dough before its baked.

"Flour is a known culprit for carrying E. coli in which symptoms may appear three to four days after consuming the product and can result in fever, cramping, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting", King said.

However, not all public health experts agree that raw cookie dough is unsafe.

The CDC also warned folks to not bake recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes, or eat the cake or batter made with them.

Oh, and apparently cake mixes aren't off the hook.

The health agency sounds the alarm about eating raw cookie dough every year around this time, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection typically echoes the CDC.

Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods.

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