Most of us have done it. Tempted to eat that chocolate chip cookie dough while baking the cookies. Or lick the beaters of the cake or brownie batter, or clean out the bowl. It was a great thing when we were kids, and we have let our kids do it.

But the Food and Drug Administration has come out with a warning against doing this because of an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.

The FDA says some of the people who got sick ate or handled raw dough that contained flour made at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Mo. General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under the Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen brands.

They also warn against using the flour to make play clay or using it to make ornaments.