Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is expanding a recall of select brands of orange cream bars to include all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, New York, plant.
Both products are being recalled due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. To date, no illness have been reported in connection to this issue.
A list of the 42 merchants and brands of orange cream bars, chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars, as well as variety packs that include chocolate coated vanilla cream bars affected by the recall can be found on the company’s announcement.
The recalled products are imprinted with the production date of Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017, and the “best by” date of Jan 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018. The Hood and Kemps products may show a “best by” date of July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. Fieldbrook Foods is working with retailers to pull the products off store shelves.
The potential for contamination was identified after routine industry testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a few ice cream bar samples among many that were tested. The recall was expanded this week after the company tested a few additional samples, which tested positive for the organism. There is no evidence of any contamination prior to Oct. 31, 2017, though the company has issued the recall back to Jan. 1, 2017, out of an abundance of caution.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
FDA Recall Notice