Baking & Flour Food Safety
The Partnership for Food Safety Education recommends people not eat raw cake batter, cookie dough and other doughs, whether they come from a mix or are made from scratch.
Flour and other ingredients can contain harmful bacteria that are only killed during the cooking process. Children are especially vulnerable to serious foodborne illness.
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Flour Is a Raw Ingredient
Flour is a raw ingredient. Wheat comes from the farm, so it’s minimally processed and then packaged for use. Because it’s raw, flour may contain harmful germs, like E. coli and Salmonella, that cause food poisoning. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling raw flour to prevent it from spreading to other foods. Remember to wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces that have touched raw flour with hot, soapy water.
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