The popular Southern ice cream company has been dealing with a public relations fallout over the past several months, since the first discovery of the infection on Apr. 25 of last year. The federal government recently got involved with an investigation over the matter after a wave of recalls signified a potentially ongoing problem and public health concerns.
“Because Listeria is commonly found in the natural environment, no manufacturer can ever assume it can be entirely eradicated,” the company said in its press release.
The announcement comes on the heels of their “phase five” market re-entry plan, which is set to re-introduce the frozen treat on Jan. 18 to areas of and eastern Tennessee, the northern sections of Alabama and Georgia and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The company has yet to make any mention of plans to roll back those efforts.
By the end of January, consumers in all of Florida, southern Georgia and the southern tip of South Carolina are expected to have the ice cream back on store shelves as well, barring any setback caused by the recent discovery.
Should there be any announcement, Wide Open Country will keep y’all in the loop — but for now, we sure don’t plan on resorting to Dreyer’s after temperatures rise again.