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Cookie dough Q: safe or not?

I’ve heard it’s bad to eat raw cookie dough, so why is it OK to have it in ice cream?

If you eat cookie dough made from scratch, it probably contains raw eggs, which puts you at risk for salmonella poisoning. Dr. Leonard Fromer of Santa Monica, Calif., says chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is completely safe—and yummy—because it’s made with bacteria-free eggs or no eggs at all. Be cautious of eating raw store-bought cookie dough, though. Read the ingredients before you dig in to see if it contains eggs or not. If it does, you’ll definitely want to bake first, bite later. If you’re craving raw cookie dough, mix up the dough yourself and omit the eggs.

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by GL | 2/1/2016