Put down that spoon! The Oregon Ice Cream Company, makers of Cascade Glacier and Alden's Ice Cream has issued a voluntary recall for its Alden's-brand "Peanut Butter n' Chip" and Cascade-brand "Chocolate Peanut Butter" ice cream flavors over Salmonella concerns.
Alden's Ice Cream is sold at many Minneapolis-area grocery stores, including the West Calhoun Whole foods and the Linden Hills Co-op.
The company says it knows of no illnesses linked to any offending bacteria in its ice creams, but said the peanuts used to make both flavors came from the same supplier who provided peanuts for Trader Joe's house brand peanut butter. Trader Joe's recently recalled the product after it emerged that batches had been contaminated with Salmonella. So far, 30 people have come down with infections linked to the offending peanuts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Four of those 30 have been hospitalized, and none have died.
Only 48 oz. containers of Alden's Ice Cream carrying the date codes 12195 through 2261 and the UPC code 0 72609 74191 2 are affected. Only three-gallon containers of Cascade Glacier ice cream carrying the date code 12223 and the UPC code 0 72609 60082 0 are impacted.
The CDC offers the following advice to consumers worried they may have contracted the disease:
Most persons infected with Salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection. More information about Salmonella, and steps people can take to reduce their risk of infection with Salmonella in general, can be found on the CDC Salmonella Web Page and the CDC Vital Signs Web Page.