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Staph Bacteria Squatting in Whole Foods' Gingerbread Houses

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On Christmas Eve, Whole Foods announced a recall of gingerbread houses made by Rolf's Patisserie and sold in 23 states. But we’re still bringing you the story today because we suspect plenty of folks are waiting out their supply of cakes and candies before resorting to nibbling on stale cookie domiciles to get their sugar fix.

The instructions are simple: If you bought one, don’t eat it. As NPR reports, Staphylococcus aureaus -- a bacteria that can produce toxins that even the reheating of food won't destroy (so yeah, microwaving it in an attempt to soften it is still a bad idea) -- could be squatting inside. “Symptoms including nausea, cramps and vomiting usually hit within a few hours.”

Of course, eating a month-old gingerbread house could produce these symptoms regardless, so who knows…
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