Ice Cream Manufacturer Recalls Products Over Listeria Concerns

Ice Cream Manufacturer Recalls Products Over Listeria Concerns

( – Food production involves testing samples to ensure nothing has contaminated the products manufacturers send to retail stores. However, sometimes, analysts find bacteria that can harm humans. When that happens, companies must issue alerts so retailers can pull any suspect product from the shelves. An ice cream manufacturer recently recalled several products due to possible listeria contamination.

On June 24, Totally Cool, Inc. recalled nearly 70 products under multiple brands of its ice cream, citing the potential for a foodborne illness, per the FDA alert. The webpage listing the brands impacted appears to be inaccessible, but these brands reportedly include:

  • AMAFruits
  • Hershey’s Ice Cream
  • Friendly’s
  • ChipWich
  • LaSalle
  • Marco
  • Dolcezza Gelato
  • Cumberland Farms
  • Jeni’s
  • Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery
  • Yelloh!
  • Taharka
  • The Frozen Farmer

Totally Cool, Inc. stopped producing the products when FDA samples showed traces of listeria. Neither Totally Cool, Inc. nor the FDA have received any reports of adverse reactions due to the contamination.

Several of the impacted brands also issued their own statements and recall notices. One of them, Taharka, acknowledged that it outsourced two of its flavors, key lime pie and honey graham, and said it would begin making those products immediately in-house.

Totally Cool. Inc. distributed the products nationally. Customers who purchased them should return them to the store for a refund or toss them out.

Listeria is a bacteria that causes listeriosis, a foodborne bacterial illness. Heating foods to temperatures greater than 165 degrees Fahrenheit, or pasteurization, kills the listeria bacteria, but it can survive refrigeration and freezing. Most healthy people wouldn’t experience serious complications from listeria, but it can prove fatal to individuals with compromised immune systems, including the elderly, infants, or pregnant women. It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

Initial symptoms of infection include nausea, diarrhea, chills, fever, and muscle aches. In some cases, the illness can become severe, causing bacterial meningitis. Symptoms may include loss of balance, convulsions, headache, confusion, or a stiff neck. Antibiotics can help treat the illness.

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