1 in 5 ice provisions in the US has been tested positive for Listeria, Salmonella

Listeria and salmonella found at 20% of American ice cream facilities, FDA report reveals

  • FDA inspectors found listeria in 19 of the plants (21 percent) and salmonella in one
  • More than half of the facilities (45) had & # 39; objectionable & # 39; sanitary practices
  • Six of them were selected for extremely unsanitary practices
  • The findings prompted three voluntary recalls, the FDA said

US health officials have found dangerous bacteria in ice samples at 21 percent of manufacturers across the country, a new report reveals.

Food and Drug Administration inspectors visited 89 facilities in 32 states in 2016 and 2017 – accounting for one in six of the national suppliers.

The investigation was prompted by a nationwide listeria outbreak linked to ice in 2015 where three people were killed and hospitalized 10.

Germs were more widespread than they had expected: they found listeria in 19 of the plants (21 percent) and salmonella in one.

Many ice cream facilities in the US were found to have bacteria in samples of their food

Many ice cream facilities in the US were found to have bacteria in samples of their food

More than half of the facilities (45) had & # 39; objectionable & # 39; sanitary practices.

Six of them were selected for extremely unsanitary practices, where employees sprayed waste from surfaces and floors without protecting the food and others did not wash their hands.

The findings prompted three voluntary recalls, the FDA said.

& # 39; These activities help the FDA to collect the data and information needed to develop prevention-based systems and, if contamination occurs, to respond quickly to these hazards & # 39 ;, said Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner of the FDA for food policy and response, in a statement.