Those that like to indulge in ice cream or eat energy bars may have their products recalled due to a potential listeria contamination, reported CNN. Several stores have been joining the recall list that is linked to the Aspen Hills, Inc.’s recall of cookie dough products.
Publix issued a recall the week of October 13th, stating that their cookie dough ice cream sold in stores spanning from Florida to Tennessee and more must be recalled. The packages have a sell by date of May 27, 2017, states CNN.
Nutrisystem, LLC is also part of the recall. They voluntarily recalled all Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars that were manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc. The bar has cookie dough that was supplied by a third party, which advertised that there might be a potential listeria contamination, says The Morning Call.
The product recall for Nutrisystem is not as widespread as the ice cream. In fact, they say there were only 455 cases that were delivered to ShopRite and Hannaford stores in select states, reports The Morning Call. Some of these cases were also sold online through Walmart.com and Amazon.com.
According to the FDA, the recall affects the five-count bar cartons from Nutrisystem. They have an enjoy by date of August 22, 2017.
The recall from Nutrisystem was issued out of caution, even though they have no illnesses reported with their recall, states The Morning Call.
There was another recall from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co, Inc. that involved more than 4,000 one-gallon cartons and more than 5,000 pints of ice cream containing cookie dough products. Heaps of Love peanut butter cookie dough and their Sticks and Stones flavors were part of the recall. The company is also recalling their three-gallon cartons of Baked Bear, reports CNN.
In an unrelated recall, Nestle USA, Inc. issued a recall of their Drumstick Club 16-count variety pack as well as their 24-count vanilla box after they too received positive test results for listeria contamination.
The contamination came from Aspen Hills. They had first announced that their no-egg chocolate chip cookie dough product may contain listeria and that prompted a federal investigation as well as manufacturer recalls. It was what prompted the first Blue Bell Ice Cream recall, which was expanded in October.
Since this recall began, Blue Bunny has also issued their recall, reports CNN. All of these products were distributed in multiple states; therefore, consumers are urged to check the FDA website to see which dates and UPC codes are part of the recall.
What Is Listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that might cause a severe infection in even healthy adults. For those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and small children, it can be fatal, reports The FDA. The infection can create short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea and vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea. For pregnant women, there is a high risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
The infection causes about 260 deaths and 1,600 illnesses in the United States each year, reports CNN.