After getting reports of food-borne illnesses in 28 states that seem to have been caused by its cookie dough, Nestle is recalling 300,000 cases of it as a precaution, suspecting that it may be contaminated with E-coli bacteria.
E. coli is a dangerous bacterium which can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and kidney failure, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. It was recently found in contaminated beef from Illinois producer Valley Meats. Hundreds of consumers became sick from the E-coli in these products.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging any consumers with pre-packaged, refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough products to throw them away immediately. They are also asking that restaurants and retailers stop serving Nestle Toll House products, for the sake of their customers’ health.
According to the CDC, 66 people have become sick and twenty five have been hospitalized after eating raw cookie dough since March.
Nestle issued a statement saying, "While the E. coli strain implicated in this investigation has not been detected in our product, the health and safety of our consumers is paramount, so we are initiating this voluntary recall."
"We really want to remind consumers that raw cookie dough should not be eaten," she said. –CNN
Anyone who becomes sick after eating Nestle Toll House cookie dough should contact his or her doctor to check for the presence of E-coli.
If you have been sickened by these or other contaminated consumer products, contact The Ferrara Law Firm to find out more about your right to compensation.