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Listeria concerns force Ziegenfelder to recall 3,000 cases of ice pops

FBR Staff Writer Published 25 April 2018

West Virginia-based Ziegenfelder has issued a recall of nearly 3,000 cases of its ice pops from various states in the US over possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled ice pops are branded as Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said sold 12 to a package, the frozen products involved in the recall were delivered from 5 April to 19 April.

A routine state inspection of Ziegenfelder’s production facility in Denver revealed traces of Listeria monocytogenes in environmental samples collected by the inspector, leading to the voluntary recall of the ice pops by the company, said the regulator.

Production and distribution at the Denver production facility has been stopped by Ziegenfelder. The Wheeling-based company and also the Colorado state authorities are investigating into the cause of the contamination.

The recalled Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops have an UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B. On the other hand, the Sugar Free Pops have an UPC code 0-74534-75642-9 with lot codes D09318A through D10018B.

These ice pops were distributed to retail grocers and distributors across Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, said the FDA.

The food and drug regulator said that no illnesses or incidents have been reported to date that are linked to the consumption of the ice pops from Ziegenfelder.

It has advised consumers who have bought the affected ice pops to return them to the place of purchase to get a full refund.

FDA, in a statement, said: “Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

Earlier this month, the FDA announced that Michigan-based Superior Foods has issued a recall of 487lbs of Smoked Salmon Spreads over possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products were produced on 26 March and were sold to retail grocery stores and some food service businesses across the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota.

Image: Ziegenfelder’s Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration.