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I Love Raw Cookie Dough. Can I Eat This?

Raw cookie dough contains raw eggs, so eating it increases your risk of getting a food-borne illness called Salmonella Enteritidis. However, many grocery stores now sell pasteurized eggs. These eggs have been treated to kill all bacteria (just like in pasteurized milk), so they are safe to eat in foods like cookie dough or certain salad dressings. Look for the following labels when at the grocery store:

  • Fresh, pasteurized eggs in the shell (found in the refrigerator section)
  • Liquid, pasteurized egg products (found in the refrigerator section)
  • Frozen, pasteurized egg products (found in the frozen food section)
  • Powdered egg whites (found in the baking section)

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