Boxes of Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars may look innocent enough with adorable animals posing next to the tasty treats. But buyer beware. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, maker of the products, has issued a recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand product and 320 cases of Meijer Purple Cow brand cream bars because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The nasty organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While 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 still births among pregnant women.
To date, no illness related to this recall have been reported.
The recalled Top’s Orange Cream Bars were sold in Tops retails stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont. The bars come in a 12-count retail box and have a production date of Dec. 18, 2017, and a “best by” date of Dec. 18, 2018.
The recalled Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars were sold in Meijer retail stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The bars come in a 12-count retail box and have a production date of Nov. 30, 2017, and a “best by” date of Nov. 30, 2018.
The potential for contamination was identified after routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogens in another production lot that was fully contained.
Anyone who has Tops Orange Cream Bars or Meijer Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars that are affected by this recall is urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who have questions can call the company at 800-333-0805, extension 2270.
Source: FDA Safety Communication