Major retailers like Kroger and Aldi are affected.
Credit: FDA

It's really cold in much of the country, and you've also probably made some health goals for 2018, but if you find yourself holding an ice cream sandwich, here's a reason to pause before taking a bite: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for orange cream and chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bars made by Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, which could have different branding depending on the store and location where they were sold. 

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The products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which according to the FDA, “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” The FDA also says Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Despite the scary possibilities, there is a bit of good news: There have been no reported illnesses yet. However, if you’ve purchased ice cream bars from major retailers such as Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, BJ’s, Bi Lo, Dollar Tree, Giant Eagle, or Meijer in the past year, you should probably open up your freezer and take a look at your box’s label. (For the full list of affected retailers and brands, visit the FDA website.)

The recalled products were made between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 and have a “best by” date of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The FDA says that Hood and Kemps products may show a “best by” date of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

If you have purchased one of these products, you’re urged to return them for a full refund and call 1(800) 333-0805 x2270 with any questions regarding the recall.