Humans have long been warned about the dangers of eating unbaked cookie dough, due to the possible salmonella danger from raw eggs. Of course, that's generally only a problem for young kids, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems; the rest of us are free to lick beaters with wild abandon.
Now, though, the Food & Drug Administration says there's something else to worry about when it comes to cookie dough: the flour. A new consumer update from the FDA warns no one should be eating raw dough due to flour that could be contaminated with harmful E. coli.
The FDA points to a recent General Mills recall affecting 10 million pounds of flour sold under the brand names Gold Medal and Signature Kitchen's; the products were linked to an E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people across the country. Common E. coli symptoms include bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps, though most people recover within a week. Is delicious raw cookie dough worth days of bloody diarrhea? That depends on what recipe you use, probably.