HANOVER — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning consumers about a voluntary recall of several Wilcox Ice Cream products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious infection.
The affected products have “best by” dates of 9/13/24, 9/14/24, and 9/15/24 and have been distributed to food establishments including the Hanover Co-Op Food Store, Lebanon Co-Op Food Store, and the Monadnock Food Co-Op.
The recall encompasses a variety of package sizes across multiple flavors, including Wilcox’s Premium Sweet Cream, Sweet Cream Caramel Apple, Vanilla, Salted Caramel Turtle, Maple Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Leonardo’s Gelato Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as Wilcox’s SUPER PREMIUM Mint Chocolate Chip and Caramel Brownie.
Consumers in possession of the recalled ice cream are advised to stop consumption immediately and either dispose of the product or return it to the purchase location for a full refund.
Patricia Tilley, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services, emphasized the dangers of listeriosis, an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes.
Symptoms can range from fever and muscle aches to more severe complications such as meningitis.
She urged anyone with concerns about illness to contact their healthcare provider.
The recall was initiated after a sample from the East Arlington, Vermont-based company tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes at the DPHS Public Health Laboratory.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.
The DHHS continues to work with Wilcox Ice Cream to investigate the source of contamination and ensure consumer safety.
For more information on listeriosis, consumers can contact DPHS at 603-271-4496 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Details on the recall are available on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.