It’s the end of the traditional ice cream season, but people still enjoy cones year-round, like Nestle’s Drumstick pre-made sundae cones. They’ve been recalled for a potentially serious problem: the company found Listeria bacteria in the facility where the cones are made, and has recalled some boxes of cones that may have been contaminated.
While bacteria was found on the production line, none has turned up in any ice cream cones that were tested, the company wants to prevent that from happening, since Listeria monocytogenes can survive freezing temperatures.
These are larger packages of Drumsticks, including a 16-cone variety box and a 24-cone all-vanilla box. Based on the not-so-subtle clue that Nestle calls these packages “Club” boxes, they may have been sold at warehouse clubs like BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club.
Here’s a photo of the 16-count variety pack box that has been recalled. Its larger cousin has similar packaging. Affected products will have “best before” dates in June, and you can find a list of production codes at the FDA’s website.
Listeriosis is a potentially scary foodborne illness: some healthy people have no symptoms at all, but it can turn into life-threatening meningitis in children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Early symptoms to watch for are fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, and muscle aches.
It also poses a particular risk for pregnant women, since the bacteria can be passed to the fetus through their bloodstream, causing miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of illness during pregnancy are subtle, and can include fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.
by Laura Northrup via Consumerist