Pink’s Ice Cream LLC of Seattle is recalling all ice-cream flavors produced in 2014 with the exception of Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pink’s Ice Cream was distributed through grocery stores and restaurants around the Puget Sound area, including Uwajimaya and Metropolitan Market outlets. The 16-oz. pints of ice cream are sold with a six-digit numerical product code on the bottom of the product. That six digit code will start with two numbers between 00**** and 52****. The recall includes all codes within that range with the exclusion of 01**** and 41****. The table below summarizes the affected products.
|Name of Product||Flavors||Size||Production Date||Type of Packaging|
|Pink’s Ice Cream||Black Sesame, Durian, Green Tea, Mango, Red Bean, Spicy Ginger, Taro, Thai Tea||16 oz||1/1/14-12/21/14||Paper Carton|
|Pink’s Ice Cream||Black Sesame, Durian, Green Tea, Mango, Red Bean, Spicy Ginger, Taro, Thai Tea||1.0 gal||1/1/14-12/21/14||Plastic Gallon|
The recall is the result of contamination found at Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Pink’s dairy supplier. A routine sampling revealed traces of Listeria in the finished product and on nearby surfaces at the supplier’s plant. Pink’s Ice Cream has recalled all products made with potentially contaminated dairy ingredient, sterilized all production surfaces and equipment, and has begun sourcing dairy from an alternative source. No illnesses related to the consumption of Pink’s Ice Cream products have been reported to date. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consumers who have purchased Pink’s Ice Cream, except the non-dairy Coconut, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (206) 861-9098 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST). Listeria 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.