Ice cream bars recalled over possible listeria contamination
(KUTV) Ice cream bars, possibly contaminated with listeria, have been voluntary recalled.
The recalled chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars, orange cream bars and variety packs that contain both are feared to be contaminated with the organism that can cause serious and fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals typically suffer from high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women.
The stores that sell the bars include Smiths, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Dollar Tree and Food 4 Less, among others. A full list of brands and merchants can be found here and on the first page of the document attached below.
The manufacturer, Fieldbrook Foods, said it is working with each of the retailers to recall the affected products. It said it has suspended production and distribution of the food line while it "cooperates with the FDA to fully investigation the source of the problem."
The recall was issued by the manufacturer after a few bars were found with listeria monocytogenes after routine industry testing. No illnesses have been reported so far but the recall is said to be out of precaution according to information given to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The recalled products have a production date of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 and a “best by” date of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
Consumers who have purchased the product can return it to the store they were purchased for a full refund. A phone line is dedicated to consumer questions: 1.800.333.0805 x2270.
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation said there is no evidence of contamination before Oct. 31, 2017 but is recalling all products manufactured in 2017 as a precaution. Initially the recall was for products in a few states but it was expanded to products that may be sold in Utah and the surrounding states.
In a statement the company said:
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation takes the safety and integrity of our products very seriously. Our families also consume these products and we are working tirelessly to identify the cause of the problem and permanently fix it so the orange cream and other types of ice cream bars made at Fieldbrook Foods will again have the complete confidence of our customers and consumers.
The full press release is below.