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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that potentially contaminated ice cream bars have been recalled across the country under dozens of brand names (click on image to enlarge list).
Fieldbrook Foods Corporation previously announced a voluntary recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars produced on its Hoyer 1 Line at its plant in Dunkirk, NY. The company has now included 28,751 cases of raspberry cream bars that were included with orange cream bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases.
The products are being recalled due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious – and occasionally fatal – infections in children, the elderly, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems.
Listeria monocytogenes 101
Listeria monocytogenes is also known as L. monocytogenes but most commonly Listeria. It produces a serious illness called listeriosis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1,600 Americans contract listeriosis annually, and about 260 of them die. Because listeriosis can escalate quickly and become dangerous, those infected usually require hospitalization.
Symptoms of listeriosis generally include:
- high fever
- severe headache
- abdominal pain
If Listeria spreads to the nervous system, it can result in bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness that produces an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can worsen to include headaches, a stiff neck, disorientation, convulsions, and light sensitivity. Hospitalization is required.
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to a Listeria infection, which can result in infection of the baby, miscarriages, or stillbirths. The CDC estimates that 20 percent of affected pregnancies will end in loss of the fetus, and 3 percent will end in stillbirth.