Sad news for ice cream lovers, Nestlé launched a voluntary recall across the U.S. on October 10th for their Drumstick ice cream cones. The company has stated that it received positive tests for Listeria within a factory in California where the cold desserts are manufactured.
It’s important to note, that as per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no one has reported any sickness thus far from these Drumsticks and none of these products have received a positive for Listeria. According to a Nestlé statement, the positive Listeria test results were around equipment in the facilities production line.
Included in this Nestlé voluntary recall will be the 16-count Drumstick Club Variety Pack and the 24-count Vanilla Pack. These products were manufactured from August 31st of this year to September 17th.
CNN reported that Nestlé notes it spotted the issue via an internal company test, however the products were unintentionally sent to stores because of an error within the ‘logging receipt of the test result’.
Listeria can create devastating and at times, deadly infections among the elderly and young children, as well as anyone with weakened immune systems. Listeria is associated with severe headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, stiffness, and high fevers. The condition can also negatively affect pregnant women and cause miscarriages or stillbirths. In America, each year it is estimated that approximately 1,600 individuals can develop a serious illness connected to Listeria, with about 16 percent of these cases resulting in death.
In 2015, another ice cream company, Blue Bell, recalled all their products after experiencing a severe case of Listeria. When all was said and done, ten individuals within four states were hospitalized due to infection, with three people in Kansas dying as a result of the issue.
In a statement, Nestlé confirmed that their situation is far different from Blue Bell’s in a variety of significant ways. The company has stated that:
Nestlé has not received any reports of humans being ill.
No Listeria has been found within their ice cream, just on the equipment.
Only one product line has been affected.
There is only one facility affected by this issue.