Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company of Madison, Wisconsin is recalling some ice cream products because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills. Aspen Hills has recalled that product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.
These products were sold in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The ice cream products were distributed to ice cream shops around the country, through online outlets, and in limited grocery stores.
All together, 4,183 three gallon containers and 5,296 pint containers are affected. The recall includes these products with code dates: Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. 3 Gallon Cartons; Cookie Dough Ice Cream 12/29/17, 12/19/17, 12/13/17, 12/6/17, 11/26/17 and 11/15/17; Heaps of Love Ice Cream 12/29/17, 11/24/17 and 11/8/17; Peanut Butter Cookie Dough 12/1/17 and 11/18/17; Sticks & Stones 12/27/17, 12/2/17 and 11/10/17; Yippee Skippee 12/1/17; Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. Pints; Cookie Dough Ice Cream 12/13/17, 12/9/17 and 11/26/17; The Baked Bear brand 3 Gallon Cartons; and Cookie Dough 12/6/17, 11/26/17 and 11/15/17. You can see pictures of the recalled product packages at the FDA web site.
If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container or take them back to the place of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling these products.
Then clean out your freezer using a solution of one tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon warm water. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are not destroyed by freezing.
If you ate any of these recalled products, watch yourself for the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning for the next 70 days, because that’s how long it can take for you to feel sick. Those symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women may only have a mild illness that is like the flu, but listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. If you do get sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate one of these recalled ice cream products.