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Ice Cream Recall: Nationwide Alert Over Listeria Threat Prompts Withdrawal of 60+ Brands

Listeria monocytogenes contamination

United States: During the summer season, when people indulge in ice creams, an extensive nationwide recall heightened the vigilance regarding the ice cream selections across the United States.

The concerns linked to Listeria monocytogenes has been raised due to which approximately 60 varieties of ice creams have been withdrawn from the market. The recalled products were manufactured by Totally Cool Inc. which has been headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

WHY THE RECALL?

The recall notification posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Internet site read, Totally Cool recalls several ice cream products due to Listeria monocytogenes risk. The FDA sampling exercise led to the discovery of this bacterium, which led to the cessation of production and distribution of the said items.

Luckily, there has been no record of sickness resulting from the consumption of contaminated grains to this effect. Totally Cool is constantly conducting research and putting preventions into practice.

UNDERSTANDING LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

Listeria monocytogenes – a bacterium that causes Listeriosis; this infection is severe, and in some cases, deadly according to CDC. According to the CDC, every year about 1,600 people get sick with Listeriosis, and close to 260 die.

In healthy individuals, symptoms are rather short-term and include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Still, Listeriosis is a significant concern to persons with weakened immunity, seniors, and children. Pregnant women are specifically vulnerable to such a calamity since they can suffer from either miscarriages or stillbirths.

IMPACTED BRANDS AND PRODUCTS

Totally Cool supplies ice cream products to numerous brands, including:

– Friendly’s

– Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery

– Hershey’s Ice Cream

– Yelloh!

– Jeni’s (ice cream sandwiches)

– Cumberland Farms

– The Frozen Farmer

– Marco

– ChipWich

– AMAFruits

– Taharka

– Dolcezza Gelato

– LaSalle

Not every product under these brands is affected. The recall encompasses over 60 different items, such as ice cream cakes, sandwiches, cookies, pints, and more.

SALE LOCATIONS

The recalled products were distributed nationwide and available in retail stores and via direct delivery channels.

WHAT ACTION SHOULD YOU TAKE?

If you possess any of the recalled ice cream products, refrain from consuming them. The FDA advises returning the items to their purchase location for a full refund. Full details of the recall are available here.

STATEMENT FROM THE BRANDS

In a communiqué to Fast Company, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a brand with four recalled items, stated:

“Totally Cool, a supplier for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, identified Listeria monocytogenes in their production facility, prompting a recall of all products from that site. Although Listeria was not detected in Jeni’s Frozen Dessert Sandwiches or the equipment used, Jeni’s is voluntarily recalling all Sandwiches as a precaution. No other Jeni’s products are produced in this facility.

All other Jeni’s offerings, including pints, scoops (at Jeni’s scoop shops), and single-serve street treats, remain unaffected. Jeni’s maintains stringent quality assurance protocols, exceeding FDA requirements by testing every batch to uphold our quality standards. The safety of our customers and team members is paramount at Jeni’s.”

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