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VERIFY: No, The FDA didn't change packaging requirements for ice cream after viral ice cream licker video

Following those viral ice cream licking videos, a new rumor claims you'll have to pay more for a tub of ice cream due to new safety measurements.

WASHINGTON — QUESTION:

Has the FDA changed packaging requirements for ice cream carton following the video of the woman licking Blue Bell ice cream going viral? 

ANSWER:

No, the agency said this rumor is not true.

SOURCES:

  • Food and Drug Administration spokesperson: Peter Cassell
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream 

PROCESS:

You can always depend on our Verify squad to get you the truth on those viral rumors blowing up your news-feed. 

Remember this trending video of a woman licking a carton of ice cream in a grocery store that came out earlier this month?  

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Well now a Facebook post circulating claims that because of that incident, the Food and Drug Administration will require companies to have a tight plastic seal placed on top of ice cream cartons. The post also claims this extra material's going to jack up ice cream prices. 

Credit: Facebook

To find out, the Verify team touched base with the FDA, which confirmed this claim isn't true. The FDA also said the issue that sparked the rumor is a matter for the the company that makes the ice cream.

Furthermore, when the FDA makes changes to food packaging regulations, it doesn't go into effect quickly. There's a notice of proposed rule-making, a public comment period, and then an additional review process before any final changes. 

As for Blue Bell Ice Cream, a spokesperson told Verify researchers they're always looking at ways to add a layer of protection during the manufacturing process, but no decision has been made at this time.

So, we verified, false, the FDA hasn't changed ice cream packaging requirements.

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