Originally, the company recalled 20 cases of the “Tops” brand of orange cream bars and 320 cases of the Meijer “Purple Cow” brand of the orange cream bars on Jan. 5 due to concerns the products were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in at-risk populations and causes high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the recall was expanded to all of the two types of ice cream bars produced in 2017 at Fieldbrook Foods’ Dunkirk, New York plant. All recalled products have “best by” dates between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.
So far, no illnesses have been reported related to the possible Listeria contamination. The ice cream bars were sold under many brand names at stores throughout the country, including at ALDI under the brand “Sundae Shoppe,” at Dollar Tree under the “Party Treat” brand, at Kroger and at Meijer under the “Purple Cow” brand.
The possible contamination was found after routine testing found the presence of Listeria on a few ice cream bars in the same, and there is no evidence of any contamination on ice cream bars made before Oct. 31, 2017. The company has suspended production and distribution of the ice cream bars while the Food and Drug Administration investigates the source of the problem.
“Fieldbrook Foods Corp. takes the safety and integrity of our products very seriously,” the company wrote in the recall notice. “Our families also consume these products and we are working tirelessly to identify the cause of the problem and permanently fix it so the orange cream and other types of ice cream bars made at Fieldbrook Foods will again have the complete confidence of our customers and consumers.”
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.