The FDA has announced a recall of over 95 varieties of a popular ice cream treat that could be in your freezer even as you read this.
If you’re a fan of ice cream and have recently purchased products from the Velvet brand, you need to read on for an important recall notice. You could have purchased an item that’s covered in this recall and not even realize it.
Velvet Ice Cream Recall
The ice cream affected by the recall was made on or after March 24, 2021. The recall affects only ice cream distributed in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The recall affects a wide variety of brands, including Velvet, and other names for their desserts, such as brands Super Dip, Northstar, and Buehler.
The full list is on the FDA’s official website, which runs down every single frozen treat included in the recall. “We’re conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the wellbeing and safety of our customers and consumers,” stated Luconda Dager, Velvet Ice Cream CEO. “We continue to be committed to serving consumers with high-quality ice cream and sherbet products.”
Reason for the Recall
The recall was initiated out of fears of listeria contamination in the batch made on March 24. Listeria is particularly persistent for a bacteria strain and can survive even being frozen. Unlike many other forms of bacteria, listeria can lay dormant in freezers for weeks at a time. This makes contaminations by listeria one of the most common causes for the recall of frozen products.
Listeria consumption can lead to a variety of symptoms in humans, including fever, chills, gastrointestinal issues, muscle fatigue or stiffness, and general nausea. In extreme cases, the bacteria can infect your central nervous system. In these cases, symptoms can range from neck stiffness to loss of balance and convulsions.
The risks of infection are higher for people over 65, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.
What to Do If You Have Recalled Products
If you’ve purchased any of the recalled brands that were made on or after March 24, do not eat them. Listeria symptoms can take as long as 30 days to show up but could occur sooner. If you still have your receipt, you might be able to return the ice cream to the store you bought it from or a refund. Otherwise, safely dispose of the dessert items so that no one in your household inadvertently consumes the recalled products.