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California Ice Cream Products Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

Helados La Tapatia Inc. of Fresno, CA, is voluntarily recalling all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars/cups and bolis due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, and the company is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

The products were distributed in retail stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Guam and Canada. The products are sold under the brand names of Helados La Tapatia and Icesations.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was the result of a routine inspection program by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food-processing equipment.

Listeria monocytogenes is 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.

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  • Karen G Lyke

    Maybe something we could learn from all these recalls of mass produced foodstuffs is that mass production of food isn’t the way to do things, and it’s time to get back to smaller scale, more localized growing and distribution of our food.

  • DCDawg913

    Karen, the more likely scenario, if there was a big move back to smaller scale production, is that there would be MORE illness that is undetected by our surveillance systems, therefore the guilty parties would be LESS likely to be caught. As someone who has been a food safety auditor and been in many production facilities, from small restaurant kitchens to massive production plants, by FAR the scariest places I’ve seen, in terms of lack of cleanliness, sanitation and having people who actually know anything at all about food safety and safe production practices, are the smaller facilities! They overwhelmingly don’t have the resources to put into food safety, whereas the larger production plants have whole food safety teams, plans, sanitation crews, etc. in place, not to mention inspection by state and federal regulators, which are much more thorough than local county-level health inspectors… This is the simple reality.
    People need to get this concept out of their heads that small/local is better. The ONLY aspects that are positive about local food is that maybe, just maybe, a neighbor/friend of yours gets a job and less gas/energy is spent in transporting the food to the end consumer, but that is about it… Enhanced food safety is NOT an outcome of smaller/more local production.

  • Michelle

    My daughter had a nice cream Monday, by Tuesday she was throwing up and so sick, we couldn’t figure out how come she was so sick, but now I guess we know, she is still alittle dizzy to this day and we are on day 4

  • Joe Wo

    It sounds like the FDA during a routine inspection, found Listeria on some equipment. I find it hard to believe that they would swab product contact surfaces for Listeria.