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Behind the Nestle Toll House cookie dough recall

WHAT HAPPENED? Nestle Toll House Cookie dough is being voluntarily recalled by the company WHEN? Recall announced Friday following an investigation that revealed infections started in March WHY? 65 people in 29 states have been sickened by E. coli O157:H7, a dangerous strain that can, in severe cases, cause kidney failure and lead to dialysis, coma and possibly death WHERE DOES THE BACTERIA COME FROM? It is a bovine strain of E. coli scientists learned in the 1980s swapped genes with Shigella, acquiring the ability to secrete a potentially deadly toxin. The toxin is untreatable, although research continues. WHICH ITEMS? 47 Nestle Toll House Cookie & Brownie Dough products - among them: Chocolate Chip bars and cookie dough, Oatmeal Raisin bars, Sugar Cookies bars, cookie dough tubs in a variety of flavors. For the full list, go to newsday.com/health. Nestle said its baked retail Toll House cookies, all varieties of its Toll House morsels, chocolate baking bars, or cocoa, and Dreyer's and Edy's ice cream products containing Nestlé Toll House cookie dough ingredients are not affected by the recall. WHAT SHOULD CONSUMERS DO? If you have the product, do not bake because handling the product can spread the bacteria. Consumers should return the products to retail outlets where they purchased them for a full refund.

SOURCES: Nestle USA, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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