Cookie Dough Shortage Possible As Nestle Uses Anti-E. Coli Treatment

A move to make Nestl refrigerated cookie doughs even safer may result in a
temporary shortage of the popular tubes of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar
and specialty doughs.

The company announced Wednesday that it will begin using heat-treated flour in
its refrigerated doughs “to enhance the safety of the product,” spokeswoman
Laurie MacDonald says.

Nestl made the move in early January after routine testing found two samples of
cookie dough from its Danville, Va., facility tested positive for E. coli
O157:H7, which can cause severe illness. Laboratory tests confirmed the findings
Monday, says MacDonald. All dough produced just before and after the tainted
production run was destroyed and none was shipped to stores, she says.

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