ISB Food Group of Los Angeles is recalling two types of ice cream for possible Listeria monocytogenes. They were produced in a co-packing facility that has the potential to be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, although the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. No contamination has been found in any L.A. Creamery product.
The products are Honeycomb ice cream and Salted Caramel ice cream. They have expiration dates of March 18, 2017. They were distributed from March to October 2016 in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts. The product comes in a paper 14 ounce ice cream container with the L.A. Creamery brand name, Salted Caramel flavor and Honeycomb flavors, specifically stamped on the bottom of the container.
This is a secondary recall after the FDA found samples positive for Listeria monocytogenes in Dr. Bob’s of Upland, the contract manufacturer. If you purchased either one 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 refund.
Then clean out your freezer with a mild bleach solution, because freezing does not kill this bacteria. If you ate these ice creams, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. They include high fever, stiff neck, nausea, severe headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and may mimic the flu. If you do get sick, see your doctor.