Nestle Toll House cookies return to store shelves

by Eric Schroeder
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SOLON, OHIO — Nearly two months after being removed from the U.S. marketplace and a month after production resumed, Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough is returning to stores this week.

According to Nestle USA, the new batches of the refrigerated cookie dough will feature a blue "New Batch" label. In addition, Nestle Toll House shipping cases also are marked in blue (rather than the previous black) to denote new production and will contain the statement: "Do not consume raw cookie dough."

Nestle said the adoption of the distinct labeling is the result of helpful discussions between Food & Drug Administration officials and Nestle, following reports of E.coli O157:H7 illnesses that appeared to be related to the consumption of raw cookie dough.

"We’re proud to place Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough back on store shelves," said Paul Bakus, general manager, Nestle USA Baking Group. "While the F.D.A. inspection at our Danville, Va., facility has concluded, Nestle’s commitment to food safety continues, as does our intensive testing. We test ingredients as they arrive and our cookie dough as it’s made. We hope families around the country will continue to enjoy our cookies."

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