What’s more “hol-licious” than scrumptious baked goodies – and getting an early taste? As tempting it is to lick the spoon and taste that batter, whether you’re baking brownies, cookies, pies or other delights, this advice remains true: Don’t eat the dough. In addition to possible Salmonella poisoning from uncooked eggs, uncooked flour can make people sick too, reported the New England Journal of Medicine on Nov. 23, 2017.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the research because of the E. coli outbreak that caused more than 56 reported illnesses across 24 states during the summer of 2016, resulting in General Mills recalling 10 million pounds of flour.

To keep yourself, your family and your friends safe from flour-or egg-linked food poisoning, take this advice from the FDA:

  • Do not eat or play with flour, raw dough or raw batter. Yes, that definitely includes homemade “playdough” made from uncooked flour.
  • Only use flour in food items if you plan to cook them.
  • Keep the flour’s label with brand name and batch number if you store the flour in a reusable container. That way, you can throw out any recalled products listed on the CDC’s recall page. Also, thoroughly wash and sanitize the flour container before reusing it.
  • Use separate bowls, measuring cups, and utensils for raw flour/baking mixes, raw dough and raw batter to help prevent cross-contamination.
  • Wash any bowls, utensils and other surfaces with hot water and soap. Because flour is messy and spreads easily, you’ll want to wash surfaces beyond the immediate work area too.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap both before and after baking.

By following those simple tips, you can help keep your holiday season cheery, fun and bright. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!