Nestle USA refused several times to provide federal government inspectors with pest-control records, complaint logs and other information related to the Virginia plant where recalled cookie dough was made, according to a published report.
The refusals were noted in inspection reports from the factory, the Associated Press reported. A Food and Drug Administration spokesperson said Nestle USA wasn't obligated to allow inspectors access to the records, which date back to 2004.
Last week, the company voluntarily recalled all Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products made at the Virginia plant. The recall came after the FDA said it believed people eating the dough raw may have been exposed to E. coli bacteria.
So far, there have been 69 reported cases of illness in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the AP said.