Beware the dough you are using as an Iowa company is recalling a batch of possibly listeria-contaminated products.
The Iowa-based dough maker, Garner’s Aspen Hills has already issued a notification on Sunday so that customers would be made aware of the recall, but it is as yet unclear if any of the products actually reached the intended buyers. The company commercializes its products through a number of representatives, such as Blue Bell Creameries, and does not engage in direct customer sales.
Aspen Hills did not make public the states or companies where the possibly affected batch was sold but instead chose to issue a recall of the products.
This is not the first time the company had to use this course of action, as they were also implicated in last month’s Blue Bell recall. The Texas-based seller had to call back a batch of its ice cream goods as results came back positive for the listeria-bacteria test.
Listeria seems to also be the issue with Aspen Hills’ latest problem. Although none of their tested goods revealed infections with the bacteria, and the company doesn’t have any illness cases linked to their products, they still chose to recall their cookie dough after in-house tests revealed an unacceptable number of errors for their standards.
An Aspen Hills representative, Jon Austin, declared that after the Blue Bell call back last month, the company decided to review and analyze its safety and sanitary systems, and the results failed to please them. Inadequate documentation and unfit uniforms seem to be some of the lapses that would not constitute a serious issue on their own, but could possibly determine later problems when taken as a whole.
As the problems were discovered and the product quality standards the company itself sets for its products were not met, the decision was taken to recall the cookie dough produced between July 15, and September 30, which would total a number of 22,000 cases and which have been sold to about 27 other food manufacturers.
The respective companies will run a set of tests of their own that will determine if any of the additional goods based on the respective cookie dough will have to be called back. The aforementioned Blue Bell has already issued a recall come Monday night of all of its products containing the Aspen Hill product.
The Texan company issued another voluntary recall in April 2015 after their products were linked to 10 listeria cases and which prompted a complete shutdown of their plants, followed by the implementation of new cleaning and sanitizing procedures and tests before their return to store aisles.
In any case, customers should beware the dough they buy as a possible listeria bacteria infestation can cause serious health issues including severe headaches, high fever, and abdominal pain amongst others.
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