Nestle Cookie Dough Recall – E coli Contamination
Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall on June 19, 2009, of its Toll House prepackaged, refrigerated cookie dough products, including refrigerated cookie and brownie dough bars, cookie dough tubs, cookie dough tubes, seasonal cookie and brownie dough, and Ultimates cookie bar dough. The recall follows reports of E. coli contamination in the cookie dough.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received more than 66 reports of E. coli illnesses across 28 states since March 2009. Of the 66 cases, 25 required hospitalization, with seven of those developing Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of E. coli.
Nestle E. Coli Contamination Recall
The FDA reported that consumers are at risk of E. coli if they eat Nestle cookie dough products raw; however, eating cooked dough does not make consumers vulnerable to the food poisoning. Despite the safety in eating cooked dough, the FDA recommends consumers throw away all prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle cookie dough products, as the products could contaminate consumers’ hands and cooking surfaces with E. coli.
The recall does not pertain to other Toll House products, including ice cream that contains raw cookie dough.
Consumers who have eaten Nestle cookie dough products and demonstrate the following symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, as this could signify E. coli poisoning:
- Abdominal cramping
- Bloody diarrhea
In addition, young children and the elderly are susceptible to developing HUS, which could lead to severe kidney damage and death.
Nestle Cookie Dough Recall Lawsuits
Victims who have contracted E. coli and suffered complications may be entitled to receive compensation from Nestle USA, including compensatory damages to cover their medical expenses, loss of income, lost opportunities and pain and suffering.
The highly skilled personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz hold expertise in filing claims against companies that produce defective products, and can help you file a claim against Nestle USA. To begin your journey toward rightful compensation, contact the Florida defective product lawyers of AWKO Law at (844) 794-7402.