The rumors are true. Raw cookie dough can make you sick.
At least one person in Missouri has been infected with salmonella linked to cookie dough from popular pizza chain Papa Murphy’s.
The pizza chain recently stopped selling both its take-and-bake chocolate chip cookie dough and s’mores bars dough offerings after nine people reported eating the dessert and then testing positive for salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Both products are meant to be baked and not consumed raw, according to the restaurant, which has three Kansas City locations.
The CDC is investigating the outbreak to figure out which ingredient is responsible for the salmonella. Papa Murphy’s is instructing anyone who has already purchased their cookie dough to discard the product immediately.
“We are continuing to work with health authorities, as well as relevant ingredient vendors, to support the investigation,” Papa Murphy’s officials said in a statement about the outbreak.
How many people are sick?
At least 18 people have reported being infected with salmonella since February. Two of the people experiencing the illness did not eat at Papa Murphy’s before coming down with symptoms.
Only two people have been hospitalized due to the outbreak. No deaths have been reported during this outbreak, according to the national public health agency.
Where is the salmonella outbreak?
In addition to Missouri, other states impacted by the outbreak include California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Currently, 18 cases have been reported in total, but the CDC suggests that the true number of cases might be higher and is likely not limited to the states where cases are already reported.
The most recent case was reported on May 2, according to the CDC.
What are the symptoms of salmonella?
Common symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, high fever, stomach cramps and dehydration. The symptoms typically set in 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
People younger than 5 years old and older than 65 years are more susceptible to severe symptoms. Otherwise, most people recover without treatment within a week, according to the CDC.
If you are experiencing symptoms, make sure to call your health care provider.