The FDA released a warning against eating raw cookie dough for a scary-sounding new reason. Traditionally, warnings about eating raw cookie dough were because of the potential for salmonella in raw eggs. But there is apparently another danger that could be present even if the dough does not contain raw eggs (nice try, vegans).
The warning is in response to an outbreak of E. coli in flour. 38 people in 20 states have become ill as a result of the bacteria, which is called "Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121." Despite sounding like a newly discovered planet, this is an earthly bacteria and dangerous enough to result in an FDA warning.
Here's the full warning per The New York Times:
Investigations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the F.D.A. traced the source of the outbreak to flour that was produced in November 2015 at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Mo. General Mills has issued a voluntary recall of 10 million pounds of flour produced between Nov. 14 and Dec. 4, sold under three brand names: Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Gold Medal Wondra. Flour that is part of the recall should be thrown away.