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Nestle to use heat-treated flour – moves to become industry leader in product safety

Sometimes when bad things happen, companies do step up.

A few minutes ago, Nestle USA’s Baking Division announced "it will begin using heat-treated flour in the manufacture of its Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough."  This was in response to recent positive E. coli O157:H7 test results that were disclosed to the FDA two days ago.  According to the Nestle press release, "quality assurance protocols [implemented after the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak of 2009] include[d] testing ingredients before they enter our facility, rigorous environmental sampling throughout the facility, and testing of finished product before it is shipped to customers."  None of the positive product was shipped.

In June 2009, Nestle USA voluntarily recalled refrigerated cookie dough after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control after at least 80 people were sickened, some severely, nationwide.

I do spend a bit(e) of time taking companies to task for doing stupid and evil things.  When a company steps up after a tragedy, I need to give them praise too.  Does anyone know how to say "good job" in Swiss?

Also, who supplied Nestle the flour?