Ice cream bars recalled over listeria concerns

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However finished samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes before the initial recall and more samples have tested positive since then, spurring Fieldbrook Foods Corp.to broaden its recall.

A Listeria-related ice cream bar recall that started January 5 with less than 400 cases of frozen treats now includes additional flavors and brands, totaling close to 29,000 cases sent to more than 35 retail chains across the country. The affected products were made at the company's Dunkirk, New York plant a year ago.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation issued a voluntary recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on one of the company's lines in its Dunkirk, NY, plant.

The bars were shipped between March and August 2017.

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The ice cream bars have best-by dates between January 1 and Dec, 31, 2018. It's a widespread recall, with products sold at a number of stores including Aldi. Fieldbrook Foods is working with each of these retailers to recall the affected products.

There have been no illnesses reported in connection to the ice cream bars.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine industry testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a few ice cream bar samples of many tested. The company said the recall is out of precaution. Pregnant women may be ill with what seems like a mild case of the flu, but listeriosis can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, premature labor, and infection in the newborn.

Consumers can return them to the store for a refund.

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