It's so tempting to pop a bit of cookie dough into your mouth while you're baking for the holidays, we know.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to remind you to avoid eating raw cookie dough this holiday season, even though it's delicious.
In a recent announcement titled "Say No to Raw Dough!" the CDC said raw flour can contain E. coli and raw eggs and contain Salmonella, both of which can make you very sick and put a serious damper on your holiday plans.
The CDC recommends the following safe food handling practices when using raw ingredients like eggs or flour:Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter -- bake or cook it before eating, and make sure your kids don't play with it or eat it. Follow the recipe closely to insure you cook or bake the raw ingredients at the proper temperature and for the correct time. Don't use raw cookie dough in ice cream (cookie dough ice cream sold in stores has been treated for bacteria). Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods. Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw ingredients. Clean up thoroughly after handling raw ingredients, including washing your hands and cleaning surfaces and kitchen items the raw ingredients may have touched.
The CDC also reminded the public to check for recalled flour in your kitchen -- in 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to recalled flour made people sick in 24 states.