Recall notices have been issues statewide for four separate brands of ice cream and gelato due to the possible risk of listeria contamination. According to a news report in Patch.com, all the recalled items were sold throughout California and were produced at the same facility, Dr. Bob’s of Upland, where samples taken by inspectors with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested positive for listeria. So far, no illnesses relating to these products have been reported.
Details of the Recall
Three California-based ice cream companies are involved in the multiple recalls. Brand names of recalled products include L.A. Creamery, Nancy’s, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Manila Sky Purple Yumm. Los Angeles-based ISB Food Group announced Wednesday its two brand recalls of L.A. Creamery Honeycomb ice cream and L.A. Creamery Salted Caramel ice cream and Nancy’s Fancy Butterscotch Budino Gelato and Nancy’s Fancy Peanut Butter with Crunchy Peanuts Gelato.
Santa Barbara-based McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams announced its voluntary recall of pint-size packages in seven flavors. Also affected is Anaheim-based AC Creamery Inc., which on Nov. 2 announced its recall of 16-ounce packages of Manila Sky Purple Yumm Ice Cream. The recalled Manila Sky Purple Yumm Ice Cream products were distributed nationwide in retail stores and events such as Florida Food & Lodging Show, Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture and California State University Fullerton’s Pilipino American Student Association (CSUF PASA) Friendship Games.
Dangers of Listeria
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which could cause serious or even fatal infections. It could particularly affect young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Some of the symptoms of a listeria infection include high fever, headache, muscle pains, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can also severely affect pregnant women and their fetuses by causing miscarriages and stillbirths.
If you or a loved one has been affected by any of these products, it is important to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tracks food-borne illnesses and determines the source of the outbreaks. Isolate the food product that caused your illness and preserve it so it can be independently tested at a lab for the presence of pathogens. Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure maximum compensation for your losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, diagnostic tests and other related costs.