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Nestle Recalls Popular Drumstick Ice Cream Cones After Positive Listeria Tests

nestle-drumstick-recallSwiss- based Nestlé has issued a nationwide recall of a selection of its popular Drumsticks ice cream cones after tests revealed the presence of Listeria on equipment at the company’s Bakersfield, California production site where the treats are made. Company officials are urging consumers to return all recently purchased Drumstick Club 16 Count Variety Pack and 24 Count Vanilla Pack products to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement product.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of illnesses and none of the Drumstick products examined have tested positive for Listeria. However, its presence on manufacturing equipment means thousands may be at risk, according to the US Food and Drug Administration and Nestlé officials.

“The quality and safety of our products remain our number one priority,” a company spokesperson said in a media release. “We apologize for any inconvenience this action represents for both our consumers and retail customers.”

Listeria is a form of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Listeria-caused illness can include high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pregnant women and their babies are at particular risk, as Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

If you’ve got any Nestlé Drumstick products in your freezer, check them against the product identification codes listed on the FDA website to confirm whether they’re included in the recall. If so, and if you and your family have not fallen ill, dispose of them or return them to the store where you purchased them. However, if you a family member have experienced symptoms consistent with a Listeria infection, keep the items intact, get medical treatment quickly and call 800-251-1111 to speak with a product liability attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.

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