Aspen Hills is recalling cookie dough it sold to Blue Bell Creameries and other food companies because it may be contaminated with listeria. The cookie dough was recalled because the company found lapses in its food safety system, like inadequate documentation and failure to wear proper uniforms, that could have allowed the product to become contaminated. The recall includes 22,000 cases of cookie dough made between July 15 and September 30. No illnesses have been linked to the company’s products and none of the cookie dough it is recalling tested positive for listeria. The dough was sold to about 27 food manufacturers, which will be responsible for determining whether products with the dough should be recalled, reports Miami Herald.
Blue Bell already expanded its recall from September to include all flavors that contain the cookie dough ingredient. Even though the products passed Blue Bell’s tests, it initiated the recall in response to Aspen Hills’ decision. The company suspended purchases of Aspen Hills products “indefinitely” after the first recall last month, and has still not resumed shipments, reported Chron.com. Publix Super Markets also issued a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream because it contains ingredients supplied by Aspen Hills. The ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina with a sell by date of May 27, 2017. Publix News Release