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Chocolate Shoppe expands listeria-related ice cream recall

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company Inc. of Madison, WI, has expanded its Oct. 11 recall to include additional lots of several flavors and sizes of ice cream because they contain cookie dough that has been recalled because of Listeria monocytogenes. Various ice cream shops, online outlets and grocery stores in 16 states received the lots… Continue Reading

Cookie dough recall for Listeria ripples through food chain

At least four companies have issued ice cream recalls — Blue Bunny, Blue Bell, Chocolate Shoppe and Publix — because of a cookie dough recall that could cause dozens of secondary recalls from as yet unnamed companies. It’s the second time in less than a month that Blue Bell Creameries has recalled ice cream because… Continue Reading

Staff of life can pose food safety dangers

Just as wheat is the staff of life in many human civilizations, it is as important to animals and insects. In fact, they love it, as anyone who has lived near or worked in the wheat fields very well knows. All manner of critters, including deer, birds and rodents, will seize the opportunity to dine on… Continue Reading

Blue Bell recalls ice cream for Listeria; blames supplier

Within days of heralding their products’ return to grocery stores in three states, officials with Blue Bell Creameries quietly recalled two flavors of cookie dough ice cream from 10 states because of Listeria concerns. Discovered to have had Listeria monocytogenes problems at its production facilities in recent years, Blue Bell remains under federal investigation related… Continue Reading

Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour


Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

Keep Holiday Treats Safe With Basic Food Safety Tips

The holiday season is in full swing. Ugly sweater party invitations have been sent out, and New Year’s plans are underway. Recipes calling for raw eggs are plentiful during the holidays. Think of all the eggnog, eggs Benedict and no-bake cookies being served at parties, brunches and being delivered to your doorstep. Are those foods… Continue Reading

The Four Years


Perspective: Thinking about all the wonderful things I’ve done in the past four years and knowing that Linda will never have those experiences. Linda and I were hospitalized on the same day, with the same diagnosis, from the same product. Four years later I’m relatively healthy and she died, still suffering from a foodborne illness…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: “Ready to Cook” Frozen Meals With E. coli Can Be Very, Very Dangerous


The CDC is reporting a total of 27 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) from 15 states. Of those ill, 81 percent are 21 years of age or younger and 35 percent have been hospitalized. Two ill people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney… Continue Reading