Question: Is edible cookie dough safe during pregnancy?

Raw or undercooked eggs can harbor salmonella bacteria and potentially cause food poisoning. That means eating raw cookie dough and batter for cakes, pancakes, pizza and other treats isn’t safe — especially during pregnancy.

We do not recommend baking our Bite-Sized Edible Cookie Dough [flavor/products]. It does not contain eggs or leavening agents, which are key ingredients in developing texture and lift in baked cookies. (If needed) Exposure to high oven temperatures will cause the product to liquefy and possibly burn.

Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookie Dough products are now safe to eat raw. It’s the same cookie dough you’ve always loved, but now we have refined our process and ingredients so it’s safe to eat the dough before baking.

What happens if you accidentally eat raw egg while pregnant?

How do you get salmonella poisoning? You’re most likely to be exposed to salmonella as a result of eating undercooked proteins like poultry, eggs, meat or fish or consuming raw dairy or juices.

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The symptoms of Salmonella infections typically appear 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

Because eating raw cookie dough really can make you sick, and not just because it contains raw eggs. In 2009, over 77 people across 30 states got food poisoning after eating prepackaged raw cookie dough. Many experienced vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and some had severe kidney damage.

The cookie dough doesn’t need to be refrigerated – although it will remain firmer if kept in the fridge. It is best to eat the dough within 2-3 days. The dough can also be frozen, for 2-3 months.

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