Rutgers University experts are available to discuss the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s warning about the dangers of tasting raw cookie dough.

“Potential recipe for food poisoning – eating raw cookie dough, bread batter or cake/brownie mixes. Raw ingredients may be contaminated with a variety of harmful germs (bacteria, viruses, parasites) that can make anyone especially children and older adults quite sick: E. coli from the flour and Salmonella from the eggs. Pay close attention to any symptoms – raw products can cause serious GI complications,” said Bruce Ruck, managing director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Baked/cooked goods are safe to eat because the cooking process (high temperatures) kills bacteria. Remember to follow safe food handling practices when preparing, cooking and storing foods. Periodically check pantries, refrigerators and freezers to make sure recalled foods linked to contamination and outbreaks are removed.

If you have a question about food safety or think a food poisoning situation may have occurred, do not hesitate to get help from the medical experts at the NJ Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222. Poison control centers are a great resource for emergencies, information and prevention education. Help is free, confidential and available 24/7.

Bruce Ruck can be reached at [email protected] or by contacting Alicia Gambino at 973-972-9280 or [email protected].