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Check your freezer! Ice cream and frozen meals recalled

The potentially deadly listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been the leading cause of various food recalls over the last few months. Showing no signs of abating soon, yet another manufacturing plant tested positive for infection.

The FDA issued an advisory over specific Dole Fresh Vegetables products earlier last month. While there were no reports of illnesses during the January recall, the bacteria claimed the lives of at least three people late last year.

Now additional recalls are being announced and if you have any food products listed below, don’t eat them.

Here’s the backstory

The first recall deals with several products from the Royal Ice Cream Company. Sold in nine states, including MA, CT, RI, VT, NY, LA, FL, TX and NH, a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reports of illnesses, but symptoms can include high fever, severe headache and stiffness.

The affected products were manufactured in Connecticut and will have the manufacturing plant number “CT121” or “CT#121”. The recalled products are:

  • Batch brand pints, all flavors
  • Royal Ice Cream Brand half Gallons, pints, cakes, all specialties.
  • Ronny Brook Ice cream all flavor pints & 3-gallon tubs
  • New Orleans Ice cream all flavor pints & 2.5-gallon tubs
  • Maple Valley Ice Cream all flavor pints
  • Art Cream all pint Flavors
  • Sweet Scoops Yogurt all pint Flavors
  • Gelato Fiasco all pint Flavors
  • Biggy Iggy’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Munson Chip Wich Ice Cream sandwiches
  • Giffords Ice cream Sandwiches all flavors
  • Chewy Louie Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Snow Wich Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Newport Creamery – Crazy Vanilla, Van & Choc, Vanilla & Coffee HG – only
  • Dough Wich – 4 oz Cookie Dough sandwich -in flavors of Vanilla, Chocolate and French Vanilla (Connecticut only)
  • Doris Italian Markets – Spumoni wedge, Spumoni Half Gallon, Tartufo, Cannoli, and Spumoni Pie Slices (Florida only).

The recall from store shelves should be nearly complete, but you must check your freezer to see if you have any products. The FDA explained that Royal Ice Cream would return to shelves once more testing was done.

Recall of shrimp

Shrimp lovers need to take heed as well. Around 20,000 Fisherman’s Wharf, cooked frozen shrimp items are also subject to a recall. Produced by Southeastern Grocers in Florida, the shrimp are distributed across the country – and tested positive for listeria.

The label details are:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf, Shrimp 16 /20 Cooked Shrimp in 16-ounce packages
  • Production number 7306067
  • Lot 77185
  • Expiration Date 4/5/2023 and 4/6/2023

Fear of allergic reactions

The other food warning from the FDA aims at over 4,000 pounds of Great American Cobbler’s chicken pot pie products. Through an investigation, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found that the products were misbranded and contained undeclared allergens.

The specific product recalled is frozen Creole-style chicken pot pie produced on August 19, 2021, and November 3, 2021.

  • Label reads “Great American Pot Pie Handcrafted Premium Creole Style Chicken Pot Pie.”
  • The lot codes are “21231” and “21307” on the back of the box.
  • Best by dates of 02/19/2023 and 05/03/2023
  • The establishment number “P47401” is inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Courtesy: USDA

According to FSIS, the products were sold at Georgia, Wisconsin, and Virginia retailers. While listeria isn’t present in the pot pie, it does contain soy, a known allergen and can cause a severe reaction in some people.

What you can do about it

As with any recalled food product, don’t consume it. Instead, please return it to the store for a refund or throw it out. Royal Ice Cream can be reached at 860-649-5358, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST if you have any questions.

The same advice is prudent for the Great American Cobbler’s chicken pot pie products. Check your freezer and throw out any items that fit the recall notice. Don’t consume them, but take them back to the store for a refund instead.

Direct any questions you might have towards the USDA Meat and Poultry’s hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854).

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