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Nestle’s dough back on shelves after investigation

August 18, 2009

Glendale-based Nestle USA has reintroduced its Tollhouse refrigerated cookie dough to the market after a two month recall related to an E. Coli investigation.

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The company’s new dough packaging includes the warning “Do not consume raw cookie dough,” to turn dough enthusiasts off from getting to the eating before the baking of the tasty treats.

Nestle’s Danville, Va. plant was at the center of the investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, which suspected that consumption of raw cookie dough had caused the outbreak that resulted in dozens of illnesses.

Inspectors had, in prior years, reported seeing abnormal conditions involving some dirty utensils, insect sightings and water dripping into a “liquid egg receiving bay” at the Danville plant, but when asked to voluntarily submit additional documentation to the FDA, Nestle refused.

The company, however, has insisted that it met all of the FDA’s requests. It also voluntarily recalled its dough and the FDA has since concluded its investigation of the plant.

Nestle also added the warning to its dough packaging as a result of the FDA’s suggestions.

Read more from the company’s press release.

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