Vermont Ice Cream Maker Recalls Products Over Listeria Concerns

Routine testing of the company's mint ice cream tested positive for the bacteria.

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EAST ARLINGTON, Vt. — Wilcox Ice Cream 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 Nov. 14 that one lot of the "Super Premium Mint Chip" may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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.

In addition to that flavor we are recalling ALL other products manufactured at our facility with during the same time period.

Products were distributed in retail stores and co-ops located in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date.

Wilcox was notified by the Vermont Department of Agriculture, who was notified by the New Hampshire Department of Health, that a routine sample collected by that agency of "Super Premium Mint Chocolate Chip" manufactured on Sept. 15 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. As part of the company's investigation, Wilcox determined that preliminary testing showed that the ice cream mix purchased to make the products may contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Customers should not consume these products. Consumers that take a picture of the top and sides of the container showing the best by date may email the company for credit. They do not need to return the products to the store. Email [email protected] with the photos, quantity, where purchased, and full name, address and telephone number.

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