Question: Can You Get Sick From Eating Expired Cookie Dough?

Linda Rivera died last summer, four years after she ate a few spoonfuls of prepackaged cookie dough that was later found to be contaminated with a dangerous strain of E.

coli.

First, her kidneys stopped functioning and she went into septic shock..

You may start to experience symptoms 6 to 48 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, fever, chills, blood in the stool, and headaches. People typically recover from these infections within a week and without the need for treatment.

Has anyone actually gotten salmonella from cookie dough?

The risk of contracting salmonella from raw egg is most commonly cited as the reason to steer clear of eating raw cookie dough and cake batter—not the flour. The eggs in Nestle’s prepacked cookie dough are pasteurized, meaning the risk of contracting salmonella from them is even lower.

Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookie Dough products are now safe to eat raw. It’s the same cookie dough you’ve always loved, but now we have refined our process and ingredients so it’s safe to eat the dough before baking. … So now you can enjoy our edible cookie dough products before and after baking!

Yes, it is safe to bake with an expired cookie mix. Most all products are perfectly safe beyond the dates. Most will last for a matter of years, in fact. Some canned foods have been found from a ship wreck more than 100 years ago, and were safe to eat!

Sure, eating cookie dough can make you sick — but it probably won’t. It’s estimated that only about 1 in 20,000 eggs contain salmonella. Bakers wishing to eliminate such risk could theoretically use pasteurized eggs (though that may mean sacrificing taste).

Raw cookie dough is not safe to eat because it contains uncooked eggs and flour, which can cause food poisoning if they are contaminated with harmful bacteria. Pregnant women, children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems should not eat raw cookie dough because of these risks.

Although it is hard to keep your fingers out of a fresh batch of cookie dough, it is dangerous to consume because of the raw eggs. … The taste will be off if the cookie dough is left too long. Spoiled cookie dough may also give off a rancid odor and become moldy if left too long.

Eating raw cookie dough, bread batter or cake and brownie mixes is a recipe for disaster, Ruck said. Both raw eggs and flour can contain bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make anyone — especially young children and older adults — sick.

2 to 4 daysHomemade cookie dough should be stored in small containers in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days or freeze for 2 months. Alternatively, small quantities of dough can be frozen and thawed in the refrigerator as needed.

Properly stored, a package of cookie mix will generally stay at best quality for about 12-18 months at room temperature. … The best way is to smell and look at the cookie mix: if the cookie mix develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

How can you tell if dough has gone bad?

Pizza crusts and dough have physical “tells” which let you know they’re past their prime and could underperform:A sour smell.Diminished texture.An exceptionally dry feel and appearance.A general gray color or flecks of gray that denote dead yeast activators, failed cell structure, and/or freezer burn.

2-4 hoursAs a general rule, any cookie dough left on the counter at room temperature will be good for 2-4 hours but then may risk going bad, especially if it is already past its “best by” date. The cool, dark, air-free container in your fridge or freezer will be the best place to maximize the lifespan of your cookie dough.