Inspection reports from a Nestlé USA cookie dough factory show the company refused several times to provide Food and Drug Administration inspectors with complaint logs, pest-control records and other information.
Nestlé voluntarily recalled all Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products made at the factory late last week after the FDA informed the compaony it suspected consumers may have been exposed to E. coli bacteria after eating the dough raw.
The Centers for Disease Control says 69 people have been sickened in 29 states.
The FDA's reports on the Virginia plant back to 2004.
FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said the Glendale, Calif.-based unit of Switzerland-based Nestle SA was not obligated to allow inspectors access.