Trendy Raw Cookie Dough Made Students Sick, Lawsuit Claims
Damn. It looks like my mom was right: Eating raw cookie dough really can make you sick. (I’m still going to do it, though.) Now a New York store that sells raw cookie dough by the scoop is being sued by two students who claim it made them sick.
Cookie DO NYC sells raw cookie dough by the scoop as though it were ice cream. It’s hugely popular for its Instagram-ready scoops of sprinkle-covered cookie dough. Lines form in front of the NY storefront nearly every day.
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Cookie DO says its unbaked cookie dough is completely safe to eat.
“You heard us right! Finally, cookie dough that you donâ€™t have to pretend you are going to bake!” the company says on its website. “All ingredients in each of our delicious, homemade recipes are completely safe to consume just as they are â€“ unbaked. We give you peace of mind, allowing you to eat a piece of cookie dough heaven how you like it best.”
The company uses pasteurized eggs, which means there should be no chance of salmonella. (Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream is safe to eat, and it contains raw cookie dough.)
The flour is also heat-treated to prevent food-borne illnesses.
Now, however, two students filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. They say they became seriously ill after eating the raw cookie dough from Cookie DO in March.
According to the NY Post, one of the plaintiffs says she had stomach pains and diarrhea within 15 minutes of eating a an ice cream “Sandowich.” That’s cookie dough ice cream sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookie dough.
The other plaintiff says she had heartburn and stomach ache all night and into the next day from a scoop of oatmeal M&M cookie dough.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer says there are similar complaints on Yelp, from other people who say the raw cookie dough made them sick. They’re reportedly looking for other people to join the lawsuit.
Cookie DO said in a statement that it stands by its product, which it says is completely safe.
“We will fully and faithfully defend ourselves against any and all false accusations,” the statement says. “The health and happiness of our customers has, and always will be, a top priority.”
Would you try raw cookie dough? Let us know in the comments.
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