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Cookie dough recall

Mena Fatafehi Mena Fatafehi
Andrea Dismuke Andrea Dismuke
Richard Montez Richard Montez
Laurence Lau Laurence Lau

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Department of Health says almost 70 people nationwide have fallen ill after eating a popular product and it may be in many of your refrigerators.

Nearly 300,000 cases of Nestle Toll House Refrigerated cookie dough are being recalled because they may be contaminated with E.Coli. There's already one potential case in Hawaii.

"Hey buddy, do you like your cookie? Does it taste good? What kind did you get?," said Honolulu Resident Richard Montez.

Richard Montez and sons definitely know what's delicious. At Nestle Toll House's Ala Moana Shopping Center store, cookies are cooked to perfection.

"Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside," said Supervisor Mena Fatafehi.

But the recall causes concern.

"We've had a few customers come in and we reassured them," said Fatafehi.

Signs on the counter to simple reassurance at the register, the store tells customer it isn't affected by the recall.

"This is a frozen product and in the stores those are all refrigerated goods," said Fatafehi.

"They did a check of all products here and they got a clean bill of health, none of the products are associated," said Manager Andrea Dismuke.

It's good news for parents.

"Anytime they can take a part in getting information out there, that's good for the customer," said Montez.

The recall affects all refrigerated types of cookie dough sold in stores. The FDA says they may contain E. Coli. It's a potentially fatal bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. If you have it, don't use it, don't even cook it.

"The raw cookie dough could still contaminate a cutting board, a utensil and then it could go onto contaminate something else," said Hawaii State Department of Health's Laurence Lau.

Just to be safe, make your cookies from scratch, or if you're lazy, just tickle your sweet tooth at the store.

65 people in 29 states have gotten sick after eating the raw cookie dough. 25 of them have required hospitalization, but no one has died.

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