Fear The Cookie Dough

A couple of notable news items came across the desk this weekend while you were out grillin' with Dad. Time to play catch up:

Last Friday, June 19th, Nestle USA announced a voluntary recall of nearly four dozen Toll House refrigerated dough products. The action was prompted by an FDA investigation into reported E. coli illnesses related to the consumption of raw cookie dough. The recall includes numerous varieties, from chocolate chip cookie dough to brownie bite dough to limited edition and seasonal specialties.

The Nestle USA website explains that "a number of consumers reporting illness reported consuming raw Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough. While the E. coli strain implicated in this investigation has not been detected in our product...we are initiating this voluntary recall." The company also emphasizes that "raw cookie dough should not be eaten", pointing out that a message to that effect is printed on each package of the aforementioned products.

Damn it. Raw cookie dough gives life meaning.

For more information, along with a complete list of recalled products, click here.

And on the local front, a loyal reader reports that Sorbeteria has closed. Those seeking a smoothie, float or granita from the frozen treat shop were directed to an email address or telephone number by a sign on the door, but so far neither contact has netted a response (telephone number is disconnected). You could satisfy your craving for something cold and sweet at Orange Cup across the street instead, or at Yogilicious or Paciugo in the West Village, or at Natsumi on Henderson, or...you get the idea.

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