29.05.2024

CDC issues urgent health warning over salmonella outbreak linked to COOKIE DOUGH from pizza chain

At least 18 people across half a dozen states have been sickened with salmonella after eating raw cookie dough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention () announced on Tuesday that Papa Murphy’s chocolate chip cookie dough or S’mores bars dough was the culprit in the majority of cases.

Investigators are urging people who have either type of dough in their freezers to toss it while they hope to zero in on the specific conaminated ingredient that caused the outbreak.

Salmonellosis is the result of infection from one of 2,000 strains of salmonella bacteria and primarily impacts the intestinal tract and occasionally the blood, causing diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort and vomiting.

There have been no fatalities, though the CDC said the current tally of infections is likely an undercount

There have been no fatalities, though the CDC said the current tally of infections is likely an undercount

Papa Murphy’s is a nationwide chain where people can buy pre-prepared raw cookie dough to bake at home

Papa Murphy's is a nationwide chain where people can buy pre-prepared raw cookie dough to bake at home

The company Papa Murphy’s owns over 1,100 stores across the US. The states in which people go sick included Washington (six cases), Oregon (four cases), California (one case), Utah (two cases), Idaho (four cases), and Missouri (one case).

A company spokesperson said: ‘Upon learning of this investigation, Papa Murphy’s took immediate action, including voluntarily issuing a Stop Sell order’ of both types of cookie dough.

‘We did this proactively out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our guests. We are continuing to work with health authorities, as well as relevant ingredient vendors, to support the investigation,’ the company added.

There have been no fatalities, though the CDC said the current tally of infections is likely an undercount.

Symptoms usually begin between six hours and six days after infection and typically resolve within another four to seven days without requiring specific medical intervention.

Some people have no symptoms. However, illnesses can sometimes be more severe and even lead to hospitalization.

People with other severe illnesses, weakened immune systems, children under 12 months old and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to serious side effects — or even death.

Salmonella infects more than 1.3 million people every year, leading to 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths annually.

Foods that can become contaminated with salmonella are almost always animal in origin, such as eggs. Salmonella can also lurk in any unbaked or uncooked flour used to make dough or batter.

The bacteria are passed from feces of people or animals to other people or animals.

Information about the infected individuals is scarce now, but according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, all of the cases were women with an average age of 48. One had been hospitalized but has since been released.

In Washington, the six cases ranged in age from 15 to 54. In Oregon, the four cases ranged in age from 20 to 57 and they began experiening symptoms last month.

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