Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to consume refrigerated Nestlé Toll House cookie dough.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough is associated with a multistate outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7. Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough has issued a voluntary recall of all its products, including 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 a full list of products, click here
To date, 65 ill persons from 28 states have been linked to this outbreak, including two California residents, one from Shasta County and one from San Mateo County. Nationally, 57 percent of the cases, for which there is information, have been hospitalized. One of the two California cases was hospitalized, but has since been released. No deaths have been reported.
These products are sold at grocery stores throughout California in various packaging types including: 40 oz plastic tubs, 16.5 oz plastic wrapped bars and 16.5 oz plastic wrapped tubes.
Infection with E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. Consumers with any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider.
Consumers with Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough products should throw the products away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers should not attempt to cook these products and then consume them as handling these products could lead to cross contamination in the kitchen and result in additional illnesses.