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Jul 22, 2009

Nestle` Toll House cookies E. coli alert

Story PictureWhile the dengue outbreak is the main concern in the Cayo District, the Belize Bureau of Standards has issued an advisory of an E. Coli outbreak in raw refrigerated pre-packaged cookie dough. The brand of concern at this point is Nestle’ Toll House cookies and while no one has been affected in Belize, seventy persons have been infected in the United States. We spoke to Kenisha Stewart, Consumer Protection and Liaison Officer at the Bureau of Standards and she says they just want the public to be alert.

Kenisha Stewart, Consumer Protection/Liaison Officer (Via Phone)
“On June twenty-second 2009, Center for Disease Control issued an alert for an E. coli outbreak in raw refrigerated pre-packaged cookie dough. So what the Bureau of Standards is doing through their Consumer Protection Unit is just to send out a press release to the public to have them alert of this product and the possible E. coli outbreak. What we also did was to check with the Nestle Agent in Belize. They don’t currently have this product so we’re doing inspections just to ensure that smaller merchants don’t have it also in stock.”

Delahnie Bain
“Any specific brands other than Nestle?”

Kenisha Stewart
“I think the main concern was Nestle Toll House. At this time it’s still a voluntary recall. However, if someone from the public does consume this product and they develop diarrhoea or cramps, the advice is to see a doctor right away. It’s not a mandatory recall so it’s really still up to the consumer to take the chance if they would want to purchase the product noh.”

Consumers and importers are being advised to be vigilant of raw refrigerated pre-packaged cookie dough originating from the United States, Bahrain, Bermuda, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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