Health Desk—Nov 30, 2017: Do you have the habit of licking the spoon while making the batter for cake, or tasting the dough making pizza?Then its the right time to change your habit. Because a new study found out that uncooked flour may have E.coli.
A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine details an outbreak of E. coli in 2016 linked to flour, found that the problem may be more common than previously thought.
Symptoms of E. coli can begin one to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. They cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people get better in five to seven days.
The study said, ‘Other foods are more commonly associated with E. coli outbreaks, including undercooked or uncooked meat, produce such as lettuce, and unpasteurized milk and cider.’
The new study detailed an outbreak that caused 63 cases of illness across 24 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized.
The study said that the linkage between E.Coli and flour was difficult to find. Because consuming raw or uncooked flour is not included in most routine state and national foodborne disease questionnaires. Many of the ill patients also reported consuming chocolate chips, which were ruled out as the cause. It was later determined that those patients were baking with flour and chocolate chips.
Authors said,’the consumption of raw or undercooked homemade dough or batter, which has long been discouraged because of the known risk of salmonellosis from consuming raw eggs, as well as allowing children to play with raw dough in restaurants and using flour to make play-dough for children at home."
Unfortunately, the advice here is to wash that spoon and bowl without giving in to the temptation to take a taste.