'Tis the season to bake cookies, but you really shouldn't eat the raw cookie dough, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While you’re with the family baking holiday cookies don’t fall into temptation and eat cookie dough to prevent you from getting sick.

According to Fox News, the agency warns that eating or tasting unbaked products can make you sick as raw flour and eggs can contain bacteria and salmonella.

Flour is typically a raw agricultural product and hasn't been treated to kill germs like E. coli, also, raw eggs can contain salmonella.

Lindsay Malone, a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic said in a 2016 interview,

When you’re making cookies, often the recipe calls for raw eggs.  Whenever you consume raw eggs, you increase your risk of salmonella poisoning.  When there’s a risk for salmonella, you really want to be cautious and take steps to avoid it as much as possible

When baking cookies follow these tips when handling raw ingredients:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.

What is one type of cookie you always bake around the holidays?



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