CDC and Food Safety Newsletter

Updated December 9, 2021

Don’t Risk It: Fully Bake Dough & Batter Before Eating It

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Baking and making crafts are great ways to spend time with loved ones during the holidays and year-round. Even if you are tempted to try raw (unbaked) dough or batter before it is fully baked, don’t. You can get sick after eating or just tasting it. Also, don’t let children handle or play with raw dough, including play dough for crafts. Learn about other food safety practices in CDC’s Say No to Raw Dough feature, so you and your loved ones can have a safe and happy holiday.

Get more information on food safety during the holidays, and get CDC’s latest advice on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during holiday celebrations.

Food Delivery Safety During the Holidays

Are you thinking of sending a holiday meal to family or friends? Whether you’re shipping a meal kit or other food gift, having food delivered, or bringing a meal to a loved one, always keep food safety in mind. For example, food should always be delivered at a safe temperature—hot food should arrive hot, and cold food should arrive cold. Make sure someone will be home when the food arrives so perishable food can be quickly stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Learn more on’s new blog postexternal icon.

Coming Soon: Interactive CDC Dashboard

To increase access to foodborne illness data in real time, CDC is developing an interactive dashboard that will include information on pathogen trends, antibiotic resistance, and data from outbreak investigations. While this is being developed, CDC will publish interim quarterly reports of PulseNet data. The first report, with Salmonella data from quarters 1–3 of 2021, is now available.