Papa Murphy’s Cookie Dough Salmonella Outbreak

A multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to two flavors of Papa Murphy’s cookie dough has sickened 18 people in six states. Two people have been hospitalized. Papa Murphy’s has temporarily stopped selling the two implicated flavors, S’mores Bars and Chocolate Chip.

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Papa Murphy’s Cookie Dough Salmonella Outbreak

Health officials are using whole genome sequencing to identify the people sickened in this outbreak. The genetic “fingerprints” of the Salmonella Enteritidis cultured from all 18 patients share a close resemblance. This indicates that they were all exposed to the same source of contamination.

Nine people who are part of this outbreak told health officials that they ate raw cookie dough they had purchased from Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza in the week before they got sick. One person got sick after eating baked cookies made with the dough. And at two people, said they did not eat at Papa Murphy’s. Investigators are working to determine which cookie dough ingredient is contaminated.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea that can be bloody, usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure. The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from m 14 to 68 years old, developed symptoms on dates ranging from February 27, 2023, to May 2, 2023. The number of illnesses reported from each state is: California (1), Idaho (4), Missouri (1), Oregon (4),

Utah (2), and Washington (6).

Health officials have interviewed 14 of the 18 patients. Two of them got sick they needed to be hospitalized.

Both flavors were consumed by the nine people who ate the dough raw, the person who ate baked cookies used the chocolate chip cookie dough.

Cookie Dough, Flour Has Been Linked to Previous Outbreaks

An ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to Gold Medal flour has sickened 13 people, three of whom have been hospitalized. The patients from 12 states said they became ill between December 6, 2022, and March 1, 2023.

Between 2015 and 2021 there were five E. coli or Salmonella outbreaks linked to flour or cake mix. And 2009, an E. coli outbreak linked to Nestle Tollhouse Cookie dough sickened 72 people in 30 states. Thirty-four people were hospitalized, 10 of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a type of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections.  Contaminated flour was suspected as the contaminated ingredient.

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