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Citing Cookie Dough Ingredient From Supplier, Four Ice Cream Companies Recall Products

Aspen Hills Starts Recall Of Limited Quantity Of Ready-To-Eat Cookie Dough Due To Potential Listeria

Citing a cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc., of Garner, IA, four ice cream companies are recalling some ice cream products due to the potential for them to contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Aspen Hills on Sunday, October 9, initiated a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of its ready-to-eat cookie dough products because of potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, according to Jon Austin, spokesman for Aspen Hills.

“There’s no evidence of any such exposure — to the contrary, our lab results for all of our products are negative for L-mono and we have no reports of any illness attributable to this product — but we are acting out of an abundance of caution because a thorough review of our manufacturing environment has revealed instances where we may not have met our food safety standards,” Austin said.

“Some of the issues that were identified included inadequate documentation of protocol, failure to wear proper uniforms and the possibility of cross-contamination. Other issues involved the failure of our personnel to consistently follow our standard operating procedures,” Austin continued.

“Any one of these issues is a matter we would take seriously, but collectively they represent to us an unacceptable lapse in the standards our customers, and we, expect,” Austin added. “Accordingly, we chose to err on the side of caution and initiate a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of our product. We did so knowing that such an action is disruptive and unwelcome for the customers who are directly affected, but also with the knowledge that all of our customers share our commitment to the safety of those who consume our products.”

Blue Bell Ice Cream, Brenham, TX, announced Monday that it is voluntarily recalling all products that were made with a cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills due to the potential for them to contain Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Blue Bell said it initiated this expanded recall after Aspen Hills provided additional information on affected cookie dough lots. Although the products in the marketplace have passed Blue Bell’s test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples from a batch test negative for Listeria monocytogenes before the batch can be released, Blue Bell said it is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution.

This recall includes the following products in half gallons and pints: Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Blue Bell Cookie Two Step sold to retail outlets, and three gallon flavors sold to foodservice accounts including Blue Bell Blue Monster, Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough.

These products were produced from Feb. 2, 2016, through Sept. 7, 2016.

The consumer and foodservice products produced with the cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Wells Enterprises, Inc., Le Mars, IA, is voluntarily recalling two lots of Blue Bunny Hoppin’ Holidoodle ice cream sold at retail outlets, b

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