FL Dept. of Health Expert Discusses Listeria Concerns After Ice Cream Recall

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 14:46:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Blue Bell Creameries announced a recall of all of its products this week, due to fears of listeria. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks are all being pulled from store shelves.

A company statement said Blue Bell decided on a full voluntary recall, after it found listeria in chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream on two different occasions in March. Five patients in Kansas and three in Texas tested positive for the bacteria after eating Blue Bell products.

Jamie Dement, the Food/Waterborne Disease Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health joined WTXL ABC 27 Anchor Abbey Maurer on set during the 5:30 p.m. newscast to discuss what people need to know about listeria, the symptoms of the illness, how people can prevent listeria contamination at home and what people should do if they have a recalled item in their freezer.

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