A Listeria-related ice cream bar recall that started January 5, 2018 with less than 400 cases of frozen treats now includes additional flavors and brands, totaling close to 29,000 cases of ice cream bars sent to more than 35 retail chains across the country.
No illnesses have been confirmed in connection with the ice cream products. However, finished samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes before the initial recall and more samples have tested positive since then, spurring Fieldbrook Foods Corp. to broaden its recall to include all products manufactured by the company at a plant in Dunkirk, NY since January 1, 2017 (an entire year’s worth of production!).
Listeria monocytogenes can survive extended periods of freezing temperatures and can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. The entire 2017 production year of certain Fieldbrook products — some that have best-by dates 18 months away — is now under recall. Officials are concerned that consumers and entities along the food supply chain may still have the recalled ice cream treats in their freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Do not eat the recalled products.
“There is no evidence of any contamination prior to October 31, 2017, but the company has issued the recall back to January 1, 2017, through an abundance of caution and in full cooperation with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration),” according to the recall notice posted on the FDA website.
Included are orange cream bars, raspberry cream bars, and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars. The recalled products have production dates of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, and a “best by” date of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018. The Hood and Kemps products may show “best by” dates of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
For those of us struggling with New Year’s resolutions, there is some hope (or irony) in that ice cream is being recalled while romaine lettuce is now OK to consume. Stay food-safe.