The Ziegenfelder Company is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar-Free Twin Pops due to possible Listeria contamination.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, but Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers and distributors in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Product was delivered during a 15-day period from April 5 through April 19, 2018.
There have been no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products to date.
The frozen products were sold 12 to a package under the brand names Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar-Free Twin Pops. The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B. The Sugar-Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B. Below are front and back representations of the packaged products as they appear in stores.
The voluntary recall was the result of a routine state inspection of the company’s Denver production facility which found Listeria monocytogenes in environmental samples collected by the inspector.
The Ziegenfelder Company has ceased the production and distribution at the plant as the state of Colorado and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Anyone who purchased the affected ice pops is urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Questions can be directed to the company at 1-888-683-0379 from Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm EST.