Recall -- Firm Press Release
FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.
Weis Markets Announces Voluntary Recall of Seven Ice Cream Products Due to Possible Health Risk
Dennis V. Curtin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 30, 2009 -- (SUNBURY, PA) – Weis Markets today issued a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure for seven of its ice cream products which may be contaminated with Salmonella since they contain peanuts supplied by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) which has been linked to a national outbreak of salmonella. Two of these products were discontinued in August and September.
The following recalled products were manufactured by Weis Markets:
- Weis Quality Premium Ice Cream Nutty Cone 56-ounce Sundae (UPC 041497-01238)
- Weis Quality Light Ice Cream Nutty Cone 56-ounce Sundae (UPC 041497-01386)
- Weis Quality Monkey Business 56-ounce Premium Ice Cream(UPC 041497-01223)
- Weis Quality Light Ice Cream Tin Roof Sundae 56-ounce (UPC 041497-01385)-discontinued and out of stock since end of September)
- Weis Quality Premium Ice Cream Peanut Perfection 56-ounce (UPC 041497-01236-discontinued and out of stock since end of August).
The following recalled items were manufactured by Fieldbrook Foods:
- Weis Quality Round Top Sundae Cones 4-ct (UPC 041497-01157)
- Carnival Sundae Cones 6-ct (UPC 041497-01105).
In addition, Weis Markets has also issued a recall for an eighth ice cream product manufactured by Weis Markets and supplied to Food City, which sells the ice cream in its retail stores in: Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. The product is sold as: Food City Premium Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream 56-ounce (UPC 87848-10231).
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web-site at www.cdc.com.
Customers who have purchased the recalled Weis Quality products should return them to the closest Weis Markets’ store for a full refund. Customers with questions about this recall can contact Peanut Corporation of America consumer hotline at (877) 564-7080.
The chocolate covered peanuts for Monkey Business, Peanut Perfection, Food City’s Tin Roof Sundae and Light Tin Roof Sundae were supplied by Star Kay White, Inc. Congers, NY, (toll free (800) 874-8518 ext 220), who sourced the peanuts from PCA. The chocolate covered peanuts and cone pieces for Nutty Cone Sundae were supplied by Gertrude Hawk Ingredients, Inc., Dunmore, PA, (toll free (800) 822-2032 ext 244), who sourced the peanuts from PCA. Fieldbrook Foods may be contacted at 1-800-333-0805.
Weis Markets has not received any consumer illness complaints associated with these products and said it was recalling these products as a precaution, emphasizing that the health and safety of its customers was the top priority.
After being notified by its suppliers on Thursday, Weis Markets’ stores began pulling these products late Thursday afternoon and their scan codes were deactivated to block the purchase of these products.
The product was distributed at Weis Markets retail stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.