The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets.
The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream.
The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a UPC of 000-41415-03843, and a sell-by date of May 27, 2017, which is printed on the bottom of the half gallon container.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director.
Customers who have purchased the recalled ice cream may return it to their local store for a full refund. Questions may be directed to Publix’s customer service department at 800-242-1227 or by visiting www.publix.com.
Publix operates 1,127 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The prompt recalls may likely be a sign that the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, is working as intended. The law introduced tougher safety rules for food manufacturers. Before it was enacted, food manufacturers weren’t required to take any corrective action when Listeria and other germs were found in its facilities.
Now, however, companies that don’t take required measures to correct and prevent food contamination problems will likely face tough civil penalties and possibly even criminal charges.