Chocolate chip cookie dough likely OK to use


POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Question: Would you be able to find out whether the Auntie Ono chocolate chip cookie dough is also being recalled because of concerns with salmonella? Maryknoll School sold the cookie dough from Dough-to-Go as a fundraiser back in November. A release says the recall includes dough sold under the Auntie Ono brand in Hawaii. It also said, “;No illnesses tied to the Dough-to-Go products have been reported. But nationally, salmonella linked to peanut butter products has killed six and sickened at least 486 people in more than 40 states.”; I have the dough in my freezer and am not sure what to do with it. Do I throw it out or return it somewhere?

Answer: Your chocolate chip cookie dough is not subject to the recall. Only the Auntie Ono peanut butter dough is affected.

The current salmonella outbreak is associated only with products made with peanut butter or peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corp. of America at its processing plant in Blakely, Ga., according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Even with concerns over those products, the recall by the various companies affected is voluntary and precautionary. See fda.gov and click on “;recall of products containing peanut butter.”;

The FDA says PCA distributed the “;potentially contaminated product”; to more than 70 firms for use in hundreds of different items.

If consumers have questions about any fundraising product, they should contact the school/organization that the sponsored the fundraiser or, in this case, the Hawaii distributor for Dough-to-Go, said Lynn Nakasone, program manager for the state Department of Health's Food and Drug Branch.

We contacted Nick Siemann, distributor of Auntie Ono Gourmet Foods, who advises anyone wanting an exchange or refund to return the peanut butter cookie dough to “;the point of purchase.”;

You can e-mail Betsy Sanders at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with further questions.

Although your dough is not affected by the recall, Nakasone said that if you remain uncomfortable about consuming it, you should dispose of it. If concerned about any food, she said, follow the adage, “;When in doubt, throw it out.”;

Q: Someone recently gave me the “;Kokua Line”; article (http://www.starbulletin.com/news/ 20090113_Chopsticks_will_not_grab_free_wheelchair.html) saying it's not true that chopstick wrappers could be redeemed for free wheelchairs. I, among many others, have been collecting wrappers for a lady who claims that the Palolo Chinese Home has already received two wheelchairs. Can you contact the home to see whether this is true?

A: We received two other calls from people who said they had been collecting the wrappers for someone who claimed they had been redeemed for wheelchairs, but you are the first to name an actual organization.

However, Darlene Nakayama, administrator of Palolo Chinese Home, says no one has ever submitted any wrappers to her facility, nor has it ever solicited any wrappers. Needless to say, the home has never received a wheelchair in return for chopstick wrappers.


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