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  1. #1
    Lykmi Pusi Guest

    Default "NESTLE's Cookie Dough Is As Good As We Say It Is," Says Swiss-BasedChocolate Maker!

    "What E. coli are you talkin' about?"

    "According to reports released by the FDA, the company declined to
    allow agency investigators access to certain documents in at least
    2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007."

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    "Refused FDA Records Requests"

    Associated Press
    Saturday, June 27, 2009


    Inspection reports from a Nestlé USA cookie dough factory released
    yesterday show the company declined several times in the past five
    years to provide Food and Drug Administration inspectors with
    complaint logs, pest-control records and other information.

    The records, which date to 2004, were made public after Nestlé's Toll
    House refrigerated, prepackaged cookie dough was discovered to be the
    likely culprit in an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 69 people in
    29 states, according to the latest estimates from the federal Centers
    for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC and the FDA are
    investigating the outbreak.

    According to the reports released by the FDA, the company declined to
    allow agency investigators access to certain documents in at least
    2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said the Glendale, Calif., unit of
    Switzerland-based Nestlé SA had the right to do so. "Companies have
    the right to make conditions on what they will or will not permit
    during an inspection," she said.

    However, the FDA can force a company to comply if public health is at
    stake.

    In a statement, Nestlé said that it rejects any implication that it
    did not cooperate with the FDA and that it provided all information
    required under law, adding that its practices are standard within the
    food industry.

    "Nestlé always fully cooperates with the regulatory authorities
    wherever it operates, and Nestlé is fully cooperating with the Food
    and Drug Administration at our Danville, Virginia plant in this
    matter," the company said.

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  2. #2
    Kyle Schwitters Guest

    Default Re: "NESTLE's Cookie Dough Is As Good As We Say It Is," SaysSwiss-Based Chocolate Maker!

    Have Some Cookies ... Chocolate Chip or E. coli?

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    "E. Coli Confirmed In Nestlé Samples"

    "Cookie Dough Ingredient May Be Source"

    By Lyndsey Layton and Greg Gaudio
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009



    THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION said yesterday that it had confirmed
    the presence of E. coli 0157, a deadly strain of bacteria, in samples
    of Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough produced at the
    company's plant in Danville, Va.

    Investigators did not find the bacterium inside the factory or on
    equipment but in a tub of chocolate cookie dough made at the site in
    February, said David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety
    at the FDA. The dough had a June 10 expiration date.

    Nestlé voluntarily recalled 30,000 cases of its refrigerated cookie
    dough on June 19 after officials at the FDA and the federal Centers
    for Disease Control and Prevention suspected that dozens of cases of
    E. coli-related illness were linked to the product.

    Nearly all the victims, most of whom are female and younger than 19,
    reported eating raw cookie dough in the days before the onset of
    symptoms.

    Health officials still do not know how E. coli 0157, a bacterium that
    lives in cattle intestines, ended up in a product that seems so
    unlikely to contain it. The risk usually associated with cookie dough
    is salmonella, a bacterium that can be found in raw eggs. None of the
    ingredients in the dough -- eggs, milk, flour, chocolate, butter -- is
    known to host E. coli 0157.

    Federal investigators spent more than a week at the Danville plant and
    did not detect contamination in the equipment or among workers,
    Acheson said. "It raises the likelihood that it was an ingredient," he
    said. "And it really means that industry has to be constantly
    vigilant, because foods we think of as low risk could be contaminated
    with a deadly pathogen."

    As of last week, CDC reported 69 cases of E. coli 0157 illness linked
    to cookie dough in 29 states -- including two in Maryland and two in
    Virginia. The agency said that 34 of the victims have been
    hospitalized and that nine developed a serious complication known as
    hemolytic-uremic syndrome. None has died.

    William Marler, a food safety lawyer in Seattle who is representing 23
    of the victims, said the laboratory results that confirm contamination
    boost the legal claims. "But it doesn't help you figure out how the E.
    coli got into the cookie dough," he said.

    The portion of the Nestlé plant that makes cookie dough, and employs
    about 250 people, has been shuttered since June 19 as federal
    investigators and company officials try to determine the source of the
    contamination. The other part of the plant, which makes Buitoni pasta,
    continues to run. A company spokeswoman said it is unclear when the
    cookie dough factory, which makes all of Nestlé's refrigerated cookie
    dough, will reopen. "We are very concerned about those who have become
    ill from E. coli 0157:H7, and deeply regret that this has occurred,"
    the company said in a statement.

    At Poogie's Buffet & Grill, about half a mile from the Nestlé plant,
    the facility's closure was seen as another stroke of bad luck for a
    rural community hit hard by the sour economy.

    "The economy's already messed up," said Jared Sellers, 25, a manager
    at the restaurant. "It's 8 o'clock on a Saturday [night], and nobody's
    here."

    E. coli refers to many kinds of bacteria, most of which are harmless
    or even beneficial. But certain types, including E. coli 0157, produce
    a toxin that can cause severe illness and even death in humans. The E.
    coli 0157 bacterium lives in the intestines of cows and other animals,
    including goats, sheep, deer and elk, and is found most often in
    ground beef. But over the past decade, a number of E. coli 0157
    illness outbreaks have been associated with green, leafy produce, such
    as spinach.

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  3. #3
    atadhorny Guest

    Default Re: "NESTLE's Cookie Dough Is As Good As We Say It Is," SaysSwiss-Based Chocolate Maker!

    "Multiple Bacteria Suspected in Tainted Cookie Dough"

    By Lyndsey Layton
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, July 10, 2009



    FEDERAL AND STATE INVESTIGATORS found two different strains of E. coli
    bacteria in samples of recalled Nestlé Toll House cookie dough, and
    neither matches the type that has caused a national outbreak of
    illness, suggesting that the product may have been contaminated by
    multiple kinds of bacteria.

    The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that laboratory
    analysis of E. coli O157 found in a sample of cookie dough at Nestlé's
    Danville, Va., plant did not match the strain that is believed to have
    sickened 72 people in Maryland, Virginia and 28 other states.

    The state of Minnesota reported that preliminary tests of a package of
    Nestlé cookie dough taken from a household where two people were
    sickened by E. coli O157 showed the product was contaminated with a
    third deadly strain of bacterium, E. coli O124.

    Meanwhile, federal officials said yesterday that they were finishing
    their probe of Nestlé's Danville plant, which involved more than 1,000
    microbiological tests. They remained stumped. "I think it probably is
    going to remain a mystery," said David Acheson, assistant commissioner
    for food safety at the FDA.

    Of those sickened, 34 have been hospitalized. None has died.

    Investigators did not find E. coli inside the Danville plant, on
    equipment, in raw ingredients or in additional samples of cookie
    dough, Acheson said.

    E. coli O157 lives in the intestines of cows, sheep and other animals
    and is most often associated with ground beef. None of the ingredients
    in cookie dough -- eggs, milk, flour, chocolate, butter -- is known to
    host the bacterium.

    Nestlé voluntarily recalled 30,000 cases of its refrigerated cookie
    dough on June 19 after officials at the FDA and the federal Centers
    for Disease Control and Prevention suspected that dozens of cases of
    E. coli-related illness were linked to the product.

    Nestlé, which temporarily shut down its plant and dismantled its
    equipment, tentatively began producing cookie dough on Tuesday, after
    finding new suppliers for flour, eggs and margarine, a spokeswoman
    said.

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  4. #4
    spicpussy Guest

    Default Re: "NESTLE's Cookie Dough Is As Good As We Say It Is," SaysSwiss-Based Chocolate Maker!

    Y'all slobs still eatin' this poison ****?

    Go ahead!

    You're better off dead. And the world will be the better for it.

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    "This Woman Might Die From Eating Cookie Dough"

    "Severe Case Gives Context to Issue of Food Safety"

    By Lyndsey Layton
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009


    LAS VEGAS -- In Room 519 of Kindred Hospital, Linda Rivera can no
    longer speak.

    Her mute state, punctuated only by groans, is the latest downturn in
    the swift collapse of her health that began in May when she curled up
    on her living room couch and nonchalantly ate several spoonfuls of the
    Nestlé cookie dough her family had been consuming for years. Federal
    health officials believe she is among 80 people in 31 states sickened
    by cookie dough contaminated with a deadly bacteria, E. coli O157:H7.

    The impact of the infection has been especially severe for Rivera and
    nine other victims who developed a life-threatening complication known
    as hemolytic uremic syndrome. One, a 4-year-old girl from South
    Carolina, had a stroke and is partially paralyzed.

    The E. coli victims are among millions -- one in four Americans --
    sickened by food-borne illnesses each year. As waves of recalls have
    caused the public to lose confidence in the safety of food, lawmakers
    are scrambling to respond. In July, the House approved legislation
    that would give the Food and Drug Administration broad new powers and
    place new responsibilities on food producers. The bill would speed up
    the ability of health officials to track down the source of an
    outbreak and give the government the power to mandate a recall, rather
    than rely on food producers to voluntarily pull tainted products from
    the shelves.

    The Senate is expected to take up its version in the fall, and the
    issue has become a high priority for the White House.

    It is impossible to say whether new laws and tougher enforcement would
    have prevented the contamination of the Nestlé cookie dough, which the
    company voluntarily pulled from stores hours after the government
    linked it to the outbreak.

    Last week, chilled packages of the chocolate-chip cookie dough
    returned to supermarkets after a two-month absence as company
    executives tried in vain to find the cause of the contamination. They
    scrubbed their production plant, bought new ingredients and started
    making dough again.

    Linda Rivera has just been trying to stay alive. Her cascading
    problems started about seven days after she ate the dough when her
    kidneys shut down and she went into septic shock. Then doctors had to
    remove part of her colon, which had become contaminated. Soon, her
    gallbladder was inflamed and had to be excised. Shortly after, her
    liver stopped functioning. It is unclear exactly what is causing her
    loss of speech, although the toxin produced by the E. coli O157:H7
    bacteria can attack the brain.

    Of all the victims, Rivera has spent the most time in hospitals --
    about 120 days since May. She was recovering well enough at one point
    to go home for nine days but, during that reprieve, she had to be
    rushed to the emergency room three times.

    Her case is unusual because E. coli O157:H7 tends to most seriously
    affect the very young and old. At 57, Linda Rivera is not part of
    either vulnerable group. Her situation is also unique for the number
    of major organs that have been injured. Her family and one of her
    physicians said she had no underlying health problems that would have
    exacerbated the infection.

    "Once these patients get into a downward spiral, it's hard to pinpoint
    why things go wrong," said Michael Gross, a kidney specialist who has
    treated Rivera. "The chances of her coming out of the hospital and
    getting into a normal life cycle are low."

    The Rivera family never gave much thought to food-borne illness. "You
    watch a commercial, you go into a store and you just assume it's okay
    to eat," said Linda's husband, Richard, a sales manager for a Web
    site. "I assume if it's on a shelf, it's safe. But this whole thing
    has changed the way I look at food."

    Among the pathogens that can harm human health, E. coli O157:H7 is one
    of the most lethal, and there is no known cure. The Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 70,000 people are
    infected annually with E. coli O157:H7, but the actual number is
    unknown because many illnesses go unreported.

    "People just don't really understand how horrible food-borne illness
    is," said William Marler, a prominent Seattle-based food-safety lawyer
    who is representing the Rivera family and 23 other victims in the
    cookie dough outbreak. "They think food-borne illness is a tummy ache
    and diarrhea."

    E. coli O157:H7 is typically associated with beef because the bacteria
    lives in the intestines of cows, goats and other ruminants. But in
    recent years, the bacteria has turned up in unexpected places, such as
    spinach and other leafy greens, and, now, cookie dough.

    Linda Rivera was a high school teacher's aide who was always in
    motion, cheering her sons at their soccer games and wrestling and
    track meets, ferrying her twin teenage boys across town to playing
    fields and skate parks. Now she struggles to hold up her head. Her
    communication is reduced to shaky hand signals; she turns her right
    thumb up or down slightly in answer to her husband's questions.

    Richard Rivera's eyes well up when he contrasts the exhausted, gaunt
    woman lying askew in the hospital bed with the bubbly blonde he
    married 12 years ago. It was a second marriage for both, and they each
    brought three children to the union. "We called ourselves the Brady
    Bunch," he said.

    A bearish man in sneakers, shorts and a baseball cap, he spends his
    days and nights in Room 519, rubbing Linda's feet, dabbing her eyes
    with a cool washcloth and trying to spoon-feed her medication. He
    sleeps fitfully in a chair by her bed.

    He holds up both sides of the conversation.

    "Are you hot?" he asked Friday. "Give me a thumbs up if you're hot."
    He watched as Linda shakily turned her right thumb upward. "Okay,
    baby, do you want the blanket off your leg? Linda, you're turning red.
    Are you breathing? Okay, I just wanted to make sure."

    Linda Rivera is so weak, she can't suck on a straw long enough to draw
    liquid out of a cup. She is being fed nutrients intravenously.

    Once the CDC made the link between the outbreak of E. coli illness and
    Nestlé cookie dough in June, Nestlé immediately recalled about 3.6
    million packages at a cost of $30 million to $50 million, according to
    Laurie McDonald, a company spokeswoman.

    The company and FDA investigators focused on Nestlé's Danville, Va.,
    plant, which produces all its refrigerated cookie dough. E. coli
    O157:H7 was not found in the plant or on equipment but was detected
    among the samples of dough that Nestlé routinely sets aside for
    analysis. However, the contaminated dough had a different genetic
    fingerprint than the strain that caused the national outbreak,
    puzzling company officials.

    In consultation with the FDA, Nestlé bought new supplies of flour,
    eggs and margarine and restarted production July 7, McDonald said. The
    revived product, which is packaged with a "New Batch" label and a
    prominent warning against eating raw cookie dough, went on sale last
    week. It is too early to track sales, McDonald said.

    Nestlé "is aware of Mrs. Rivera's illness and our thoughts and prayers
    are with her and her family," McDonald said. She said the company has
    been in contact with the Rivera family through Marler and "we have
    offered support to the family." She declined to elaborate.

    Neither Richard Rivera nor Marler would say whether Nestlé has made
    any payments. Linda Rivera has not filed a lawsuit against Nestlé,
    although three of Marler's clients have.

    In the three months since she fell ill, Linda Rivera missed her 18-
    year-old son J.J.'s high school graduation. She missed Mother's Day.
    Her stepsister unexpectedly died last week, but Richard hasn't told
    Linda, not wanting to add to her stress.

    When friends or family relieve him from his post inside Room 519,
    Richard stands in the 107-degree heat outside the hospital and takes
    deep drags on Marlboro Lights. At twilight Friday, one of those
    friends, Greg Van Houten, joined him on the sidewalk.

    "What do you think, Greg?" Richard asked.

    "I think she's dying," Van Houten said.

    Richard nodded. His eyes filled with tears.

    Moments passed. The two men went back inside the air-conditioned
    hospital. In Linda's room, her husband, her sons, neighbors and
    friends formed a small circle around her bed. In yellow hospital gowns
    and face masks, they clasped hands and prayed for her return to
    health.

    "You made it this far -- don't give up on us, Mom," said Tony, one of
    her 17-year-old twin boys, who sniffled beneath his face mask. "You've
    done everything for me in my life."

    Since May, there have been several moments when Richard thought he
    might lose his wife. Each time, she rebounded, and then relapsed.
    "That's how it's been through this whole thing," he said. "You feel
    like you're taking five steps forward and then three steps backward."

    He is hoping for another, final rebound.

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  5. #5
    Stu Guest

    Default OT Re: "NESTLE's Cookie Dough Is As Good As We Say It Is," Says Swiss-Based Chocolate Maker!

    On Tue, 1 Sep 2009 07:02:44 -0700 (PDT), spicpussy <[email protected]> wrote:

    -->Y'all slobs still eatin' this poison ****?
    -->
    -->Go ahead!
    -->
    -->You're better off dead. And the world will be the better for it.
    -->
    -->------------------------
    -->"This Woman Might Die From Eating Cookie Dough"
    -->

    As anyone knows, it's not safe to eat raw product...btw does your mommy or the
    people at comcast.net know your using the computer?

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