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Health Alert: Raw dough can make you sick

Health experts warn you could get sick after eating raw dough.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:03 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 8:13 AM

The holiday season is a popular time to get in the kitchen and do some baking. For many people, it may be tempting to eat a bite of raw dough. The Centers for Disease Control warns against that temptation for a few reasons.

According to the CDC, eating unbaked goods can make you sick. For example, bacteria is found in raw dough that otherwise is killed when ingredients such as flour and raw eggs are cooked.

There was an E. coli outbreak in 2016 that caused 63 people to become sick. Health officials advise you to pay close attention to symptoms if you think you might have food poisoning.

After swallowing a germ, it usually takes about three to four days for someone to get sick. Salmonella infections usually show up about six to 48 hours after consuming contaminated food.

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