Ice Cream Recalled in Illinois With Possibly Fatal Contamination
I would guess that most would classify themselves as ice cream fans. There's one type of ice cream that's been distributed in Illinois that could be extremely hazardous for your health which has led to a recall because of possibly fatal contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration has just issued an urgent bulletin regarding a recall of ice cream they say was sold in Illinois and also Georgia, Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. It involves 3 different variations of Life Raft ice cream products that have possible listeria contamination. The FDA shared these product images to give you an idea of what to look for:
There's also a "Life is Peachy" product that tested positive for listeria.
The good news is that as of this writing no illnesses have been connected to this contaminated Illinois ice cream.
Why is listeria contamination so dangerous?
The Mayo Clinic estimates that many listeria infections go unnoticed in mild cases, but it can and does sometimes develop into what they call "life-threatening complications, including: Generalized blood infection Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis)"
According to the FDA, this ice cream began shipping in Illinois on August 21, 2023. They also mention that this recall may affect Missouri and all the other states, too, as it is available for online purchase.
For more details and updates, be sure to check out the full urgent bulletin on the FDA site.