Nestle denied FDA information related to contaminated cookie dough
USA Today reported on June 29, 2009, that Nestle repeatedly (from 2004 thorough 2007) refused to provide Food and Drug Administration inspectors with data including complaint logs, pest-control records and other pertinent information. Perhaps if the information had been produced, or if the FDA had reacted more vigorously, Nestle Toll House cookie dough would not be implicated in the poisoning of 69 people with E.coli. The Center for Disease Control has now become involved in the investigation. An FDA spokesperson suggested that Nestle was within its rights in refusing to provide the information, however critics point out that the FDA could have insisted on access if public health is at stake. FDA inspectors would have been obligated to secure an administrative warrant, which they did not do.