There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in ready to eat products because this pathogenic bacteria can cause serious illness and death.
For instance, at Giant Eagle, the recalled products are 12-packs of traditional Giant Eagle ice cream bars, 12-packs of Giant Eagle orange ice cream bars and 30-count variety packs of Giant Eagle ice cream bars. Healthy people may suffer short-term effects such as high fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and pregnant women can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth.
Only one line at one of its plants is affected, Fieldbrook Foods said.
The ice cream bars have best-by dates between January 1 and Dec, 31, 2018.More news: Black reigns supreme at 2018 Golden Globes
This is the packaging of some of the ice cream bars recalled over potential Listeria contamination. Products under the Hood and Kemps labels show "best by" dates of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
There is no evidence of any contamination prior to October 31, 2017, but the company has issued the recall back to January 1, 2017, as a precautionary measure.
Routine industry testing found the presence of Listeria monocytognees in a few ice cream bar samples. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-333-0805 ext. All production on this line has been suspended while the company and the FDA investigate the issue.
The products should be thrown away or returned to a store for a refund, according to the FDA.