Repeat Listeria Problems Involve Ice Cream Sold in Florida

Repeat Listeria Problems Involve Ice Cream Sold in Florida
Repeat Listeria Problems Involve Ice Cream Sold in Florida

Several national ice cream recalls due to potential Listeria contamination in October, resurfaced in November. The recent recall involved three brands of gourmet ice cream, two of them distributed in Florida. All of the brands were made by Dr. Bob’s of Upland, a California ice cream maker. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered Listeria at the California plant.

The recalled brands are: L.A. Creamery, Agave Dream, and Nancy’s Fancy. L.A. Creamery and Agave Dream retail in Florida. The earlier recall of flavors distributed in Florida as well, include ice cream under the brand names McConnell’s and AC Creamery’s Manila Sky Purple Yumm Ice Cream, reports the Miami Herald. According to McConnell’s recall notice, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found samples positive for Listeria monocytogenes in the contract manufacturer’s facility and in finished product of another company’s brand, leading the contract manufacturer to recall all ice cream products it produced for McConnell’s and other ice cream companies this year,” reports Food Safety News.

These are secondary recalls, which means that, “these products were made in a contract supplier’s facility where Listeria was found, or they were made with products recalled for potential Listeria contamination,” according to the Food Poisoning Bulletin. No Listeria bacteria was found in the actual ice cream products, but they are being recalled because of zero tolerance for pathogenic bacteria in ready-to-eat products and out of an abundance of caution

Who is Affected

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that listeria “primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.”  The FDA’s recall announcements note that most healthy individuals may suffer symptoms for a short period of time. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection may lead to miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the Miami Herald reports.

Parker Waichman has extensive experience and monitors claims involving food-borne illnesses. Listeria bacterium is found in soil, vegetation, raw milk, poultry, cheeses (especially soft mold-ripened varieties), and salad. Pasteurization of milk and thorough cooking of food can destroy Listeria bacteria.

Ice Cream being Recalled

In the most recent recall, Agave Dream is recalling pint-size containers of vanilla (code dates 7/4/17, 9/8/17, 10/9/17, 12/12/17 or 1/14/18); chocolate (7/4/17, 8/5/17, 9/8/17, 10/9/17, 12/12/17 or 12/24/17); cappuccino (7/4/17, 9/8/17, 12/2/17 or 1/14/18); chocolate chip (8/5/17 or 12/12/17); and lavender (12/2/17) flavors.

L.A. Creamery is recalling L.A. Creamery Honeycomb and L.A. Creamery Salted Caramel. These flavors are sold in 14-ounce containers with an expiration date of March 18, 2017. The third brand to be recalled that does not involve a Florida retail brand is ISB Food Groups’ Nancy’s Fancy Butterscotch Budino Gelato and Nancy’s Fancy Peanut Butter with Crunchy Peanuts Gelato with expiration dates of March 18, 2017.

The October national recall issues were with chocolate chip cookie dough supplier Aspen Hills, and was expanded this week. The recall included Publix Premium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor. The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company recalled additional products with chocolate chip cookie dough pieces. The bulk of the recall is comprised of 3-gallon cartons that are distributed to individual retailers to sell in a cone or cup at their local ice cream shop.

The recalled flavors are Cookie Dough (code dated 10/15/17, 10/21/17, 11/1/17 or 11/8/17); Heaps of Love (10/20/17, 10/28/17 or 11/8/17); Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (10/9/17, 10/18/17 or 11/1/17); Sticks & Stones (10/26/17); and Baked Bear brand Cookie Dough (10/13/17, 10/15/17 or 10/21/17). The company’s only pint-sized recall that is sold online and in a few grocery stores is Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. Pints Cookie Dough with the expiration date of October 21, 2017.

Repeat Listeria Problems Involve Ice Cream Sold in Florida
Repeat Listeria Problems Involve Ice Cream Sold in Florida

Additional Recalls Involving Listeria

Blue Bell Ice Cream, was formerly a customer of Aspen Hills, but is no longer doing business with the chocolate chip cookie dough supplier due to its alleged listeria problem. In September 2016, one year after Texas-based Blue Bell returned its ice cream to stores following a system-wide recall, the iconic brand is recalling select products again due to Listeria concerns, reports the Dallas News.

Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling some products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama plant “because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes,” Blue Bell said. Aspen Hills then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell. “This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA,” said Blue Bell.

Blue Bell stopped production at all four of its plants and recalled all product in April 2015. The company is still recovering from this major Listeria problem, originating from contamination within its plants. It returned to markets in late August 2015. The outbreak sickened 10 people and was linked to three deaths, the Dallas News reports.

Legal Advice for Food Contamination Issues

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