The Ohio Department of Agriculture on Jan. 11 issued a public-health alert for an undetermined amount of protein ice cream produced by Flexfrost LLC.
Flexfrost products were produced in a commercial kitchen at1400 Dublin Road, Columbus. Consumers should be aware that these frozen desserts were produced illegally without a license and outside proper food-safety protocols for such products, the ODA release said.
No illnesses involving products addressed in this alert have been reported thus far, the release said.
The product carries a Flexfrost LLC label and is packaged in 4-ounce containers.
Products subject to this alert were distributed to the following central Ohio schools:
• Big Walnut High School
• Gahanna Lincoln High School
• Olentangy Liberty High School
• Several Pickerington schools: Lakeview Junior High School, Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington High School North and Ridgeview Junior High School
• Several Reynoldsburg schools: Baldwin Junior High School, Summit High School, Waggoner Road Junior High School and Waggoner Road Middle School
• The Ohio State University: OSU Wrestling
• All three Westerville City Schools high schools Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South
• Both Worthington high schools: Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne
ODA was notified of a potential issue by the commercial kitchen where Flexfrost prepares its frozen desserts, and the commercial kitchen is fully cooperating with ODA’s investigation, the release said.
ODA is asking anyone who is in possession of any items subject to this alert to discard them.
Anyone who is exhibiting signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should call a physician immediately, the release said.
Flexfrost president Yang Bai sent ThisWeek a statement on the alert:
"Unfortunately, Flexfrost had to recall the product as our specific pasteurization process fell short of ODA requirements. Fortunately, there have been no known illnesses regarding our product to my knowledge as Flexfrost does employ high standards in safety, sanitation, and its production process. We are working diligently and swiftly with ODA in fixing our protocols and ensuring that all customers and the public continue receiving the great service Flexfrost has always provided."
Consumers with questions about food safety may call the ODA’s Dairy Division at 614-466-5550 or the Division of Food Safety at 614-728‐6250.