Nestlé USA’s Baking Division has initiated a voluntary recall of Nestlé® Toll House® refrigerated cookie dough products.
In a prepared statement, Nestlé spokesmen said the company is taking this action, “out of an abundance of caution,” after being notified that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), together with the Centers for Disease Control, are conducting an investigation into reported E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses that may be related to eating raw cookie dough.
“A number of consumers reporting illness reported consuming raw Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough,” the release states. “While the E. coli strain implicated in this investigation has not been detected in our product, the health and safety of our consumers is paramount, so we are initiating this voluntary recall.”
No other Nestlé Toll House products are involved in the recall (such as packaged Nestlé cookies, chocolate morsals, baking bars or cocoa, or Dreyer’s and Edy’s ice cream products that include Nestlé cookie dough ingredients).
Eating raw cookie dough of any kind is generally not a good practice, and Nestlé products do include a warning on their packages.
“We want to strongly advise consumers that raw cookie dough should not be eaten. This message also appears prominently on our packaging,” the release states.
Anyone who has purchased Nestlé Toll House cookie dough is encouraged to return the product to their local store for a refund.
Questions should be referred to Nestlé Consumer Services, at 1-800-559-5025 or visit the Web site at www.verybestbaking.com.
The products involved in the voluntary recall include all varieties of Nestlé Toll House refrigerated Cookie Bar Dough, Cookie Dough Tub; Cookie Dough Tube; Limited Edition Cookie Dough items; Seasonal Cookie Dough and Ultimates Cookie Bar Dough.
For the list of specific varieties being recalled, click on this link http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm167954.htm
Posted June 21, 2009