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Cookies and Milk and E. coli

Milk and cookies may seem harmless. It’s not. On Friday, Nestlé Toll House recalled refrigerated cookie dough products due to risk of E. coli contamination, suspected to have sickened 66 people in 28 states. Health officials say the elderly, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system should avoid the raw cookie dough. E. coli can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, resulting in kidney damage and even death; HealthDay News reports.

Yuck. I may have a cookie from time to time, but milk! No way. Our food safety is a mess. We all remember the spinach-E. coli crisis in 2006 and then this year’s melamine contaminated milk. Oh, and don’t forget. In February, a study found 20% of Japan’s chicken is tainted with salmonella.

In related news, Nestlé shut down the cookie dough plant linked to E. coli, as a result 200 workers were laid off. So far, a total of 86.4 million cookies' worth of dough has been recalled.

Via CNN.

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Marcus - June 25, 2009 1:12 PM


This is (mostly) unrelated to this post, but I just saw a screening of the new documentary FOOD, INC. last night and think you should post a review of it (unless I missed it on here). The film does an excellent job examining the increasing monopolization and deregulation of various aspects of the American food industry (meat, soybean, corn, etc.) and the negative consequences this has on our society, such as increased exploitation of workers, diabetes, E. coli, etc. I'd love to hear your and/or Dr. Fuhrman's thoughts on this documentary.

Gerry Pugliese - June 25, 2009 1:22 PM

Hey Marcus-

Here's what I've done so far:


I'll probably wait until it comes out on DVD. I've been back-up-against-the-wall busy lately.


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