The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is no longer safe to eat raw cookie dough or batter even if you're using a recipe that doesn't use raw eggs.
In fact, the administration said in a new consumer update it's not safe to eat raw flour in any form. Not homemade "play dough," not licking the spoon of brownie batter. Nothing.
Here's the deal: You know that raw eggs can carry salmonella, which is not good, but it turns out flour can harbor E. Coli, which is worse. The FDA says dozens have been sickened by the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121 after they ate raw flour.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 people were infected in 20 states with illnesses starting in December.
Full report here.