Two alleged cases of food poisoning have led to a class-action lawsuit to the Instagram-famous raw cookie dough eatery. Here’s everything you need to know.
If you’ve ever braved the queues for a delicious raw-cookie-dough treat at the incredibly popular Dō, you know that the Instagram-darling is a big hitter in New York confectionary. The lines can last hours for a tub of gooey goodness at the 8-month-old eatery… but could the honeymoon period be over for the confectioner?
A pair of Manhattan College students have brought a class-action lawsuit against Dō, alleging that the establishment’s owner, Kristen Tomlan, knowingly lied about the safety of her product. DŌ, pronounced “dough”, produces cookie dough you can safely eat unbaked thanks to pasteurized-egg product and heat-treated flour for a bacteria-free goopy treat. The FDA warns against eating cookie dough in any other way because uncooked eggs and flour can cause serious illness. Thanks to the way DŌ treats the flour and egg product:
“That means NO chance of food-borne illness or the risk that comes along with eating raw flour products. At last, worry-free treats you can’t get sick from!” – www.cookiedonyc.com
The two students, Julia Canigiani and Katherine Byrne, allege that they got sick minutes after eating at Dō, having succumbed to diarrhea, heartburn, among other symptoms. Their suit (embedded below) also cites eight Yelp reviews that allege sickness after eating at the establishment. According to the Mayo Clinic site, food poisoning can “start within hours of eating contaminated food,” and the UK’s National Health service site says that “symptoms of food poisoning usually begin within one to two days.”
In a statement to Eater, DŌ said,
“We stand behind the safety of our products and our representations about our products. We will fully and faithfully defend ourselves against any and all false accusations.”
Eater also published a copy of the suit on their site which we have embedded below.
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