McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is recalling seven flavors of their 16 ounce packages of ice cream made by a contract manufacturer because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recalled ice cream products were manufactured and packaged in a facility owned by Dr. Bob’s of Upland.
The recalled ice cream was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported, but the illness caused by this bacteria, listeriosis, can take up to 70 days to appear.
The recalled products are Dutchman’s Chocolate with best by dates JUL 27 2017, OCT 01 2017 and OCT 05 2017; Mint Chip with best by dates SEP 08 2017, SEP 30 2017, OCT 07 2017, DEC 01, 2017, DEC 30, 2017, JAN 04, 2018, and JAN 05, 2018; Peppermint Stick with best by dates JUL 25, 2017, JUL 26, 2017, and SEP 30, 2017; and Salted Caramel Chip with best by dates OCT 07, 2017, OCT 20, 2017, DEC 22, 2017, JAN 06, 2018, and JAN 07, 2018. Also recalled are Sweet Cream with best by dates JUL 27, 2017, SEP 08, 2017, OCT 01, 2017, OCT 21, 2017, DEC 08, 2017, DEC 21, 2017, and DEC 24, 2017; Turkish Coffee with best by dates JUL 20, 2017, SEP 22, 2017, OCT 07, 2017, and Dec 06, 2017; and Vanilla Bean with best by dates JUL 23, 2017, JUL 25, 2017, JUL 27, 2017, OCT 01, 2017, OCT 15, 2017, DEC 07, 2017, DEC 25, 2017, JAN 03, 2018, and JAN 06, 2018.
If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed container or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out your freezer with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can grow at fridge temperatures and freezing doesn’t kill it.
If you ate any of these products, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The symptoms, especially for pregnant women, may be similar to the flu. If you do get sick, see your doctor.