The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is no longer safe to eat raw cookie dough or batter — even if you're using a recipe that doesn't use raw eggs.In over 50 years on this planet I've never met a person who got salmonella or e. coli, whether from licking the cake beaters or from licking a petri dish containing those two yuckies. I doubt I've ever met someone who didn't lick the beaters, or eat cookie dough or cake batter, or any similar thing. This is among the most ridiculous pronouncements ever.
In fact, the administration said in a new consumer update posted Tuesday, it's not safe to eat raw flour in any form. Not homemade "play dough," not licking the spoon of brownie batter. Nothing.
Here's the deal: You know that raw eggs can carry salmonella, which is no good, but it turns out flour can harbor E. Coli, which also is nasty. The FDA says dozens have been sickened by the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 after they ate raw flour. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 people were infected in 20 states with illnesses starting in December.
Another way of looking at it is as a failure of the FDA to keep nasties out of the food supply.