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Q&A: Cookie-dough dangers?

Consumer Reports News: October 30, 2009 09:55 AM

I know that I shouldn’t eat raw, homemade cookie dough because it contains uncooked eggs. What about the store-bought dough in slice-and-bake packages or cookie-dough ice cream? —M.B., Ossining, N.Y.

Eating anything containing raw eggs may in rare cases result in salmonella poisoning, which can cause fever, diarrhea, and cramps in healthy people and may be life threatening in people with compromised immune systems. But pasteurized eggs, which are briefly exposed to germ-killing temperatures, don’t carry that risk. The cookie dough in ice cream and most slice-and-bake cookie varieties is usually made with pasteurized eggs, but check that the label indicates this before eating them.

Read more on the dos and don'ts   egg safety and find out how to avoid food poisoning .

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