Federal microbiologists and food safety investigators have descended on the Danville plant, trying to crack a scientific mystery surrounding a national outbreak of illness from bacteria E. coli, a deadly strain of bacteria, which has been linked to the product.
Nestle USA Friday recalled its refrigerated cookies, one kind of Nestle's famous Toll House products, after federal health officials linked the dough to infections from the bacteria in 66 people in 29 states, including five in Washington. The recall does not affect other Toll House products, including ice cream that contains raw Toll House dough.
Consumers were asked to throw away the dough or, to get a refund, return it to the store where it was purchased. The FDA advised against baking the dough because bacteria could be transferred to hands and preparation surfaces.
FDA spokesman Michael Herndon said officials were confident that Nestle refrigerated dough products caused the outbreak.