July 16, 1999
Country Charm Recalls Chocolate Ice Cream Because of
OLYMPIA, WA (SafetyAlerts) - Country Charm Dairy, of Arlington, Wash., today began
collecting its chocolate ice cream products from store shelves because it has the
potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. And,
no other ice cream flavors are implicated at this time.
Country Charm Dairy, distributes its chocolate
ice cream in half-gallon containers to grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores
in Island, Snohomish, Skagit and north King counties. A three-gallon container is
distributed to institutional markets. The packages do not have code numbers or expiration
dates identifying the lot; so, as a precautionary measure, Country Charm is recalling all
of the chocolate ice cream that has been distributed.
The Salmonella was detected yesterday by
the Microbiology Lab at the state Department of Agriculture. An investigation into the
source of the salmonella is now in progress. Department of Agriculture routinely tests
packaged foods for bacteria that may cause human illness. Samples were collected at
Country Charm Dairy July 7.
The last date of production for the chocolate
ice cream was June 25. Members of the state Department of Agriculture's Food Safety
Program notified Country Charm yesterday that the Microbiology Lab had found Salmonella in
its chocolate ice cream. Salmonella was not found in the other ice cream flavors
from Country Charm tested at the same time.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and
others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often
experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In
rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting
into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections and
Cultures from the chocolate ice cream sample are
on their way to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lab in Bothell for species