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ChipWich, Hershey's and Other Popular Brands Recall Ice Cream Treats

Serving up frozen treats this Fourth of July? Keep you and your family safe by ensuring your favorites aren't part of a recent FDA recall.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published July 1, 2024
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It’s summer, the Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s time to break out some tasty frozen desserts. But before you serve up some sweet treats, make sure they are safe for the whole family. Totally Cool, Inc., the manufacturer for popular ice cream brands like ChipWich, Hershey’s, Friendly’s, Jeni’s and more, has recently issued a recall for over 68 products. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is Totally Cool, Inc. recalling certain ice cream treats from brands like ChipWich, Hershey’s, Friendly’s and Jeni’s?

Totally Cool, Inc. is recalling 68 products across 13 of its brands due to a risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While no illnesses have been reported to date, Totally Cool, Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the affected products due to FDA sampling, which discovered the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Why should I be concerned?

Listeria is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness in the United States. According to the CDC an estimated 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die. While everyone is at risk of contracting an illness from Listeria exposure, pregnant people are 10 times more likely to contract severe illness from listeria (known as listeriosis) than non-pregnant people due to their weakened immune systems.

Once contracted, symptoms from listeriosis usually start within two weeks. Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue and muscle aches. However, in severe cases, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth and can cause serious illness or death in newborns.

How do I know if my product is affected?

Many of the products that are a part of the recall were distributed and available in retail locations nationwide. While an effort has been made to pull affected products, some may still be on shelves or already in homes. The brands affected by the recall include:

  1. Friendly’s
  2. Hershey’s Ice cream
  3. Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery
  4. Yelloh!
  5. Jeni’s
  6. Cumberland Farms
  7. The Frozen Farmer
  8. Marco
  9. ChipWich
  10. AMAFruits
  11. Taharka
  12. Dolcezza Gelato
  13. LaSalle

Not all products within each brand have been affected. You can find a full list of recalled products with photos, product names and affected lot numbers at FDA.gov.

What do I do if I have an affected item?

If you have a recalled product the FDA urges parents to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. You can contact Totally Cool, Inc. at 410-363- 7801 and regulatory@totallycoolicecream.com, between 8am and 4pm eastern, Monday to Friday if you have additional questions or concerns. If you think you may have symptoms of listeriosis, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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