Updated July 13 after the outbreak ended A multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to two flavors of Papa Murphy’s cookie dough has ended after sickening 26 people in six states. Four people were hospitalized. Papa Murphy’s temporarily stopped selling the two implicated flavors, S’mores Bars and Chocolate Chip, after illnesses were reported. T
he company has not yet resumed sales of these products as it is reviewing product labels to see how it can be made clear that these products should not be eaten raw.
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Papa Murphy’s Cookie Dough Salmonella Outbreak
Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the people sickened in this outbreak. The genetic “fingerprints” of the Salmonella Enteritidis cultured from all 26 patients share a close resemblance. This indicates that they were all exposed to the same source of contamination.
Seventeen of the 22 people interviewed by health officials said 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 24,, 2023, to May 28, 2023. The number of illnesses reported from each state is: California (2), Idaho (5), Missouri (1), Oregon (8),
Utah (4), and Washington (6).
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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