On Friday, Nestlé announced a recall of their refrigerated ready-to-bake Nestlé Toll House Cookie Dough because of potential presence of food-grade rubber pieces. There are only a specific number of recalls within the batch code, but Nestlé has not released the total number of products that have been impacted. These products were distributed in the continental US and Puerto Rico.
The recall is only specific to the ready-to-bake refrigerated products with batch codes that begin with 9189 through 9295. These do not include Nestlé Toll House Edible Cookie Dough, Nestlé Toll House Ice Cream Sandwiches, nor Nestlé Toll House Morsels. The US FDA released a full list of Nestlé recall products within those batch numbers on their website.
They voluntarily recalled their products after receiving reports of food-grade pieces of rubber in some of the products but have now said that they have identified the source of rubber and have fixed the issue.
Nestlé states, “No illnesses or injuries have been reported that required medical treatment,” and if consumers have purchased products from the list they have provided, they should discard the product but retain proof of purchase and contact Nestlé customer service.
In 2009, Nestlé had a massive recall due to the contamination of E. coli in the dough. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 72 people were infected with a strain of E. coli in 30 states. Food Dive stated that the FDA found a contaminated sample in the plant in Virginia. They later discovered that the flour was the source of the recognized pathogen and the issue was tackled.
This led to public education campaigns to inform shoppers about the risks of consuming raw flour or eggs. This also resulted in the company facing damages to their reputation. Earlier this year, however, Nestlé released an edible cookie dough under the Toll House brand allowing consumers to purchase cookie dough without the fear of contracting foodborne illness from raw products.
Surprisingly, rubber contamination is common within the food industry. At the start of 2019, CNN reported that Tyson foods recalled more that 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after rubber contamination. Also, an Ohio company called J.H. Routh Packing Co recalled 1,719 pounds of sausage because of possible rubber contamination.
Nestlé stated, “We are working with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.”