E coli found in Nestle cookie dough30th June 2009
Authorities in the United States have warned consumers that E coli bacteria have been found in a Nestle brand cookie dough.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had found E coli O157:H7 bacteria in Nestle's Toll House refrigerated cookie dough.
The sample tested by the FDA was taken from the company's factory in Danville, Virginia last week, before being found to be contaminated.
The company had already announced a product recall of Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, based on the FDA's result.
The recall applied specifically to a refrigerated chocoloate chip cookie dough bar, under the Toll House brand.
No other Toll House products were affected, the company's US baking division said.
Nestle cookie dough products designed for professional use by restaurants and retail outlets were also unaffected.
The FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had already issued warnings about the refrigerated cookie dough products, telling consumers there was a risk of E coli contamination.
That warning was based on epidemiological findings from a recent outbreak of E coli poisoning.
CDC said 69 E coli poisoning cases had been reported across 29 states.
Local health investigators concluded there must be a link with the Nestle cookie dough product.
But the FDA said it would run further tests to establish clearly the link between the E coli outbreak, in which 34 people have been hospitalised, and the cookie dough.
The two strains are not yet known conclusively to be the same.
Children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are most vulnerable to E coli 0157:H7, which can cause diarrhoea and dehydration.
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Title: E coli found in Nestle cookie dough
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 11955
Date Added: 30th Jun 2009