SOLON, OHIO — Nestle USA’s Baking Division late Monday afternoon said it was informed by the Food and Drug Administration that a sample of its 16-oz Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. The contaminated sample was collected at Nestle’s facility in Danville, Va., on June 25.
The F.D.A. cautioned that further testing is needed to conclusively link the E. coli strain found in the product to the same strain that has sickened 69 people in 29 states. Nestle’s product previously had been linked to an F.D.A. investigation that began June 17.
"Nestle continues to work closely and in full cooperation with the F.D.A. on the ongoing investigation," Nestle said. "We are very concerned about those who have become ill from E. coli O157:H7, and deeply regret that this has occurred."