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More than a dozen sickened with E. coli after consuming raw cake batter

Experts have warned for years that we shouldn’t eat raw cake batter or cookie dough. Now though, we’ve been given another reason. This one might actually get your attention. There’s an E. coli outbreak across a dozen states linked to most children’s favorite unbaked treat. E. coli can cause everything from severe stomach cramps, to vomiting, and diarrhea.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 27th of this year, 16 people in a dozen states have contracted the same strain of E. coli. 75% of those infected are under 18, and 7 people have actually been hospitalized. Fortunately, so far no deaths have been reported.

So far, half of the people that contracted E. coli have been interviewed by the CDC. They informed CDC officials they had “eaten or tasted cake batter made from a cake mix.” What might be most concerning about this is those interviewed bought different varieties of cake mix. So this can’t necessarily be tied to one brand or variety. Due to the E. coli likely being present in more than one brand or variety, experts think it’s likely more Americans are sick than have come forward. Furthermore, as CNN explains, “It also takes three to four weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.” The CDC is reiterating their recommendation to not consume “raw cake batter or other doughs”.

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