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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, popular ice cream bars are being recalled from numerous stores around the country. Kroger, Aldi, Winn-Dixie, BJ’s, ShopRite, Stop N Shop, and even the Dollar Tree, are all sending back ice cream that may cause listeria.
The recalled ice cream came from Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, according to the FDA. The specific flavors that are being recalled are their boxes of orange cream bars, chocolate-coated vanilla bars, raspberry cream bars, and other variety packs of ice cream. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation products are sold at Kroger brand stores (Ralphs, Dillon, Smiths, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Smiths), World’s Fair (Save-A-Lot), Acme (Lucerne), and Southern Home (Bi Lo, Harveys). The FDA released a full list of stores that are part of the ice cream recall.
Nearly 29,000 cases have been pulled since the recall started on Jan. 5, and no illnesses have been reported yet. However, if you have purchased any of these ice cream products so far this month, you should probably check your box. The recalled products have a production date of Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017, and a “best by” date of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018. If you have a box with these dates, you can return it to the store for a refund.
Although only a few of the ice cream bar samples were proven to have listeria, the recall was made just to be safe. According to the Center for Disease Control, listeria is an infection caused by a germ contaminated in food. It primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It could take one to four weeks for symptoms of listeria to show (typically starts with a fever and diarrhea, or other flu-like symptoms), and sometimes could take up to 70 days before symptoms arise.
That being said, if you have ice cream bars from this particular food corporation in your freezer, the best decision would be to throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.
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