White Castle has issued a recall for some of their hamburger and slider products. Some sixteen-packs, as well as frozen six-pack sliders, have been recalled over concerns that the meat could be contaminated with listeria.
Which White Castle Items Have Been Recalled?
The voluntary recall covers a number of products, including frozen cheeseburger, hamburger, and jalapeño sliders in six packs. Additionally, some of the company’s sixteen-pack sliders have also been recalled.
Specifically, customers are warned that items with “best by” dates ranging from August 4, 2020, to August 17, 2020, are the ones to be avoided.
If you have purchased any items affected by this recall, you should bring the item back to the place of purchase with a receipt to request a refund. If you don’t have the receipt, simply dispose of the product. Never consume any products that have been recalled.
How Was the Listeria Detected?
White Castle frequently conducts inspections on their products for contaminates and will issue their own recalls if necessary. Since the problem was identified by a third-party lab the company contracts for testing, they’ve halted sending out products from the facility the listeria-contaminated product came from.
Since the recall has been issued, White Castle has asked retailers to pull the affected items from store shelves. At the time of this writing, no illnesses have been reported from the contamination.
What Is Listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes, commonly referred to as just listeria, is a bacterium strain that can cause some significant illness. In otherwise healthy adults, listeria can lead to symptoms like nausea, headaches, diarrhea, stiffness, and abdominal pain. However, in people with compromised immune systems, the symptoms could be much worse.
Young children, older people, and people with lowered immune systems are at the greatest risk of a listeria infection having potentially deadly symptoms. In pregnant women, the symptoms could even bring about miscarriages or birth defects. As such, people are urged to avoid recalled products, especially if they have lowered immune systems.