The FDA says the recall being performed by Wilcox Ice Cream is doing this out of concern for listeria contamination in the products.
The FDA announced this past Saturday there has been a voluntary recall of ice cream from the manufacturer, Wilcox Ice Cream, of East Arlington, VT. The company is recalling all flavors of Wilcox brand ice cream, yogurt, and ice cream bars, as well as Leonardo’s brand gelato after being notified by the Vermont Department of Agriculture on November 14 that 1 lot of the Super Premium Mint Chip manufactured that day may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.1
Products were distributed in retail stores and co-ops located in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.
Along with that flavor, the company is recalling all other products manufactured at their facility during the same time period. This involves various flavors, sizes, and best by dates. Check out our slideshow here to see what specific products have been affected by the recall.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports listeria is more likely to sicken people who are pregnant and their newborns, people who are aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Anyone can be infected with Listeria, but outside of those high-risk groups, people rarely become seriously ill.2 Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
As of last Saturday, no illnesses or injuries have been reported from this recall.
1. Wilcox Ice Cream Recalls Multiple Ice Cream Products Because of Possible Health Risk. FDA Press Release. November 18, 2023. Accessed November 21, 2023. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/wilcox-ice-cream-recalls-multiple-ice-cream-products-because-possible-health-risk
2. Listeria. CDC. May 3, 2022. Accessed November 21, 2023. https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/symptoms.html