Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (Frozen, Bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  In addition to a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 at its Dunkirk, NY plant (plant code 362677).  Both the orange cream bars and the chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars are being recalled due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short- term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  The Food and Drug Administration has posted additional information about the brands and retail stores affected by this recall.

Recall of buttermilk biscuits due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Hom/Ade Foods Inc. is the latest food company to recall biscuits because of potential Listeria contamination.  All of its Mary B’s brand biscuits with dates through Sept 23 are now recalled.  This recall adds to previous recalls in the past month that included biscuits under brands including Food LionSEG and Southern Home, and T. Marzetti Company’s Marshalls brand.  Mrs. B’s product is sold at popular retailers such as Walmart.

Hom/Ade Foods distributed its recalled Mary’s B’s biscuit products to retailers in 23 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and sold in retail stores.  The company says no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled item, but consumers should not eat them.

The Mary B’s products included in the recall are all frozen, bagged biscuits with ‘Best If Used By’ dates BEFORE September 23, 2018 and with the letter ‘M’ immediately after the date.  Consumers can identify the UPC code on the back of the package, in the lower right corner.  A full list of affected products, by UPC code is available from Food Safety News.  Consumers can return affected products to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Customers or consumers with questions can call Hom/Ade Foods Inc. at 1-855-562-7773.

Listeriosis can be a serious illness.  Please check your freezers!  Stay food-safe!

Authored by: Barb Ingham, 608-263-7383, bhingham@wisc.edu
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