The recent recall of soft serve ice cream cups across 19 states and Washington, D.C., may come as a shock to some. However, this necessary action is due to the possible Listeria contamination that has put consumers’ health at risk.
The recall was commenced by Real Kosher Ice Cream after two people, one in New York and one in Pennsylvania, suffered illness after consuming the affected product. The recall affects each flavor of the company’s Soft Serve On The Go cups that were produced on or before Aug. 4. Inside of the 8-ounce packages are six different flavors, and they have likely been sold in canteens, grocery stores, or convenience stores within the impacted states and district.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected an unopened sample of Soft Serve On The Go from an ill person’s home. This sample was reported as positive for Listeria monocytogenes,” the recall announcement said. “Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis is still pending to determine whether this is the same strain of Listeria causing illness in this outbreak.”
Media reports say that it is highly recommended that those who have purchased this product throw it out or return it to the store it was purchased from. Eating food with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can lead to listeriosis, a type of infection that can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. It is important to note that no deaths have been officially linked to the contaminated product as of the time of this writing.
The FDA and Real Kosher Ice Cream are in the midst of further investigating this recall and have stopped all production and distribution of the recalled soft-serve ice cream cups while they do so.
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