The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of a popular ice cream bar due to fears that the packaged goods may cause listeria.
Affected brands include Kroger, Aldi, Winn-Dixie, BJ’s, ShopRite, Stop N Shop and Dollar Tree. These stores are sending back ice cream that may contain elements of listeria, a type of bacterium that infects humans through contaminated food.
According to the CDC, listeria can cause fever and diarrhea and infects approximately 1,600 people each year. About 260 die from it.
It usually affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It could take as long as four weeks for the symptoms of listeria to show. Typically, it starts with a fever and diarrhea, or other flu-like systems, and could take up to 70 days before the symptoms show up.
According to Taste of Home, the recalled ice cream stems from Fieldbrook Foods Corporation. The specific flavors being recalled include orange cream bars, chocolate-coated vanilla bars, raspberry cream bars, and other variety packs of ice cream.
The stores involved in the recall include Kroger brand stores (Ralphs, Dillon, Smiths, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Smiths), World’s Fair (Save-A-Lot), Acme (Lucerne), and Southern Home (Bi Lo, Harvey’s).
To date, nearly 29,000 cases have been pulled since the recall went into effect on January 5, 2018. So far, no illnesses have been reported yet.
The recalled products date between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. But it is recommended that any purchases made in the month of January should be checked to ensure that the “best by” date of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 applies.
Experts suggest that if ice cream is found in the fridge from one of these stores, it is recommended to throw away the product or return it to the store for a full refund.
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