Orange cream bars and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars recalled

Orange cream bars and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is recalling orange cream bars and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars, announced through a press release.

One of Fieldbrook's more popular brands is Hood. Fieldbrook products were sold at several Rhode Island retailers. More information about the recalled products is available online.

The orange cream bars and chocolate-coated vanilla ice cream bars are being recalled due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the press release stated.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a few ice cream bar samples. The expansion of the recall is out of precaution for consumer health and food safety after a few additional samples tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. There is no evidence of any contamination prior to Oct. 31, 2017, but the company has issued the recall back to Jan. 1, 2017, through an abundance of caution and in full cooperation with the FDA. The company has suspended production and distribution of all products produced on this production line while it cooperates with the FDA to fully investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-333-0805 ext. 2270.