Ice Cream Listeria Recall: What We Know

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June 26, 2024

More than thirteen brands of ice cream have been recalled due to a probable listeria contamination, according to a notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, June 24.

According to the official notice, over a dozen different brands of ice cream items that were sold through retail outlets and home delivery across the country were recalled by Totally Cool, Inc.

The FDA sample indicated possible amounts of Listeria monocytogenes, prompting the Maryland-based company to recall the items and suspend ice cream production and distribution.

According to the company, no reports of illness have been made thus far.

Let’s take a look at what else we know about the nationwide recall.

Ice Cream Recall: The Latest in a Long Line of Recalls

The product table indicates that there are several ice cream brands included in the recall. Amongst them:

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery Vanilla & Chocolate 30 fl oz 6″ Ice Cream Cake

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery Vanilla & Chocolate 60 fl oz 8″ Ice Cream Cake

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery “For Love of Chocolate” Ice Cream Cake

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery “Cookies & Cream” Ice Cream Cake

Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery “Cookie Dough” Ice Cream Cake

Affected lots: All “best by” dates between May 20, 2024, and May 28, 2025.

AMAFruits

3 gal Acai Sorbet Tubs

3 gal Dragon Fruit Sorbet Tubs

Affected lots: All codes: 32824, 32924, 33024, 50125, 50225, 50325, 50425, 62725, 62825, 62925, 63025, 60125, 72825, 82825, 82925, 83125, 90525, 2311324, 2311325, 2311326, 2311331, 2311332, 2311333, 2311334, 2401031, 2401032, 2401033, 2401036, 2401037, 2401038, 2401039, 2401040, 2402043, 2402044, 2402057, 2402058, 402059, 2403085, 2403086, 2403087, 2403088, 2404120, 2404121, 2405142, 2406158, 2406159. With plant codes: 24-65, 24- 0065, 2465, 240065

Friendly’s

60 fl oz Celebration Ice Cream Cake

40 fl oz Strawberry Krunch Ice Cream Cake

Affected lots: All dates between May 5, 2024, and May 28, 2025, with plant codes 24-65, 24- 0065, 2465, 240065

Chipwich

4 fl oz The Original Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

10 Club Pack, 3 Pack, 24 Pack

16 fl oz Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pint

16 fl oz Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pint

Affected lots: All codes between: sandwiches—best by dates: 022325 to 122125 • Club pack (10 units): lot# 23298-24172 • single serve: Lot# 23298-24164 • 3 packs: Lot# 23298-24136 Pints: 072524 to 012725 with plant code: 24-65, 24-0065, 2465, 240065.

Dolcezza Gelato

16 fl oz Mascarpone & Berries Pints

16 fl oz Roasted Strawberry Pints

16 fl oz Vanilla Bean Pints

16 fl oz Peanut Butter Mash and Peanut Butter Cup Pints

16 fl oz Dulce de Leche & Cookies Pints

16 fl oz Stracciatella Pints

16 fl oz Peanut Stracciatella Pints

16 fl oz Swiss Chocolate Pints

16 fl oz Coffee & Cookies Pints

16 fl oz Hot Cocoa Ice Cream Pints

16 fl oz Sugar Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pints

16 fl oz Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Pints

16 fl oz Dark Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Pints

Affected lots: All codes 052024 to 062025. With plant codes 24-65, 24-0065, 2465, 240065.

Consumers are urged to check the full list of recalled products to ensure that their items are not on the list. The FDA is urging consumers to take their affected products back to the original point of purchase for a full refund.

What is Listeria?

This is just the latest recall in a long list of recalls that have punctuated 2024. Earlier this week, a nationwide warning to dog owners was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a recall of dog treats that may have been tainted with metal items.

3,551 packs of Green Tripe dog treats, marketed as “Barkworthies” and “Best Bully Sticks” and made by Virginia-based TDBBS LLC, are subject to a voluntary recall. These doggie goodies were offered from February 2024 to May 2024 in stores and online throughout the United States.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a foodborne bacterial infection known as listeria infection can be extremely dangerous for individuals 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Eating unpasteurized milk products and inadequately treated deli meats is the main cause of it.

Listeria infections rarely cause illness in healthy individuals, but they can be fatal in newborns, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. The symptoms of a listeria infection might be lessened with quick antibiotic treatment.

Listeria microorganisms are resistant to freezing and refrigeration, which is why the sweet treats have been affected. Therefore, foods that are more likely to contain listeria germs should be avoided by those who are more susceptible to serious infections.

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