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Recall of ice cream cups expands; Listeria found by CFIA

A recall of Wholesome Farms brand ice cream cups made for multi-national foodservice supplier Sysco Corp. is being expanded to include a second flavor because government tests showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Central Smith Creamery of Selwyn, Ontario, recalled Wholesome Farms brand “Vanilla Sundae Cup” products Friday, and expanded it Tuesday to include strawberry sundae cups.

recalled Wholesome Farms ice cream cups Sysco“Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. Food service institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, should not serve or use the recalled product described below,” according to the recall notice on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

“Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.”

The specific products now being recalled are all Wholesome Farms brand. Consumers and foodservice operators can identify the recalled ice cream cups by looking for the following label information on cups and cases:

  • Individual “Strawberry Sundae Cup” in 115 ml containers with the product code 03204 and no UPC number.
  • Cases of “Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae Cup” with 48 individual 115 ml containers, and the product codes 7382200018032042 and 2/1/17, and the UPC number 00074865915038.
  • Individual “Vanilla Sundae Cup” in 115 ml containers with the product code 017032 and no UPC number; and
  • Cases “Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae Cup” with 48 individual 115 ml containers with product codes 7382200017032029 and 2/1/17 and a UPC number of 00074865915427.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled ice cream and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.

It can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms of Listeria infection to develop, so anyone who has eaten the recalled ice cream should monitor themselves for the coming weeks for symptoms.

“Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness,” according to the original recall notice and the expanded notice.

“Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.”

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