Since last Thursday, the United States have been on high alert over an ice cream food poisoning scandal. Now, five US ice cream companies have recalled their products after the listeria scare. Many believe that this food poisoning scandal is prompted by the DNA testing and other new tools that can better detect the bacteria and trace its origins.
For those that do not know, listeria is a serious infection, usually caused by eating food contaminated with the listeria monocytogenes bacterium. The bacteria is found in soil and water and can be carried by some animals and transferred to meat and dairy products.
Popular ice cream brand in America, Blue Bells, recalled the full product line of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. This sparked many other ice cream factories to consider their products. At the moment, Blue Bell is still trying to figure out how listeria got into its products. As part of the investigation, the company has been producing small batches of ice cream at three of its four factories for testing by heath officials.
Do you need to keep an eye out of ice cream down here in Australia as well?
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