UPDATED CONTENT: A spokeswoman for Weight Watchers made the following statement. “To clarify, the voluntary Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae recall is issued by Kraft Heinz Company, the manufacturer and distributor of Weight Watchers Smart Ones products. Once Kraft Heinz identified the problem, it immediately launched an investigation and decided to initiate a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. Consumers can contact Kraft Heinz at 866-572-3805, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, for a full refund. »
Weight Watchers is recalling 100,000 cases of its Smart Ones frozen desserts containing pieces of cookie dough that were recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
“This issue was identified when Aspen Hills, the supplier of cookie dough pieces used as an ingredient in Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae frozen desserts, reported positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes,” according to Weight Watchers Product Recall Notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.
“We immediately opened an investigation and are voluntarily taking this action as a precaution. …There have been no consumer complaints or disease reports related to this issue to date. … No other size, variety or date code of Weight Watchers Smart Ones products are included in this recall.
Although only one flavor of Weight Watchers Smart Ones desserts is subject to the recall – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae – it is packaged under 21 different date codes, ranging from December 28, 2016 to July 28, 2017. Retailers across the countries received the product. Check the recall notice for date codes and other label information.
Weight Watchers is among several companies that have recalled products in recent weeks due to cookie dough from Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, IA. These companies include:
The cookie dough company declined to release its customer list, but in October a company spokeswoman said none of the recalled cookie dough from Aspen Hills went to collection customers. funds. She said it all went to commercial food manufacturers.
The Aspen Hills Inc. website states that “daily production capacity is 180,000 lbs. of product.
“The Garner, IA manufacturing facility was designed specifically for high-volume cookie dough manufacturing and houses an on-site freezer capable of storing 15 tractor-trailer loads of cookie dough,” according to the website. of Aspen Hills Inc.
Blue Bell Creameries discovered contamination
The iconic Blue Bell Creameries, based in Brenham, Texas, discovered Listeria monocytogenes in Aspen Hills Inc. cookie dough during product testing at one of its production facilities in September.
Aspen Hills recalled cookie dough at the time and launched an internal investigation. Although the cookie dough producer did not find Listeria in its products or factory, according to a statement in October, it found food safety “issues,” prompting company officials reminiscent of cookie dough.
The cookie dough recall notice, however, was not made public, only addressing the 27 food manufacturing companies that received the Aspen Hills dough produced from July 15 through September 30. All ice cream produced by Aspen Hills during this time is being recalled.
The public is urged to self-monitor for symptoms
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled cookie dough products made with it, as of the individual recall publication dates. However, symptoms of Listeria infection can take up to 70 days after exposure to develop. Foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look, smell or taste bad.
Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products and develops symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their physician of possible exposure to the pathogen.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy people can experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
For more details on the Aspen Hills cookie dough recall and other related product recalls, please see: “Cookie dough recall for Listeria impacts food chain”
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