18 with Salmonella Enteritidis in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah and Missouri.
“Cookie Dough has been an ongoing Salmonella risk to consumers,” said William Marler. “However, in recent years the suspected contaminated ingredient as turned from eggs to flour, which to most consumers is both unsettling and unusual,” added Marler.
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collecting different types of data to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.
Epidemiologic data show that Papa Murphy’s raw cookie dough may be contaminated with Salmonella and may be making people sick.
As of May 23, 2023, 18 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 6 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 27, 2023, to May 2, 2023.
Sick people range in age from 14 to 68 years, with a median age of 47, and 83% are female. Of 14 people with race or ethnicity information available, all reported non-Hispanic white. Of 14 people with information available, 2 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. CDC PulseNet manages a national database of DNA fingerprints of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. DNA fingerprinting is performed on bacteria using a method called whole genome sequencing (WGS). WGS showed that bacteria from sick people’s samples are closely related genetically. This suggests that people in this outbreak got sick from the same food.
Papa Murphy’s has temporarily stopped selling their raw chocolate chip cookie dough and raw S’mores bars dough. CDC is advising people to check their refrigerator and freezer for these raw doughs and to throw any away. CDC always advises people not to eat raw cookie dough, unless it has a label indicating that it is safe to be eaten raw.
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