Health officials say ice cream is safe despite some recalls

By Mary Clare Jalonick

Published April 25, 2015 7:16AM (EDT)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat — even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related.

Still, Tauxe says the discovery of listeria is a "wake-up call" for the industry, since the bacteria isn't very common in ice cream.

The FDA agrees that consumers should feel safe eating any ice cream products that haven't been recalled.

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