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Updated Release By Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Ice Cream, Gelato, Custard And Sorbet Because Of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 24, 2014 — Snohomish, WA — Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 2014 until December 15, 2014 because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that 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.
The ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet were distributed in Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon, and Washington may have been further distributed and sold in various retail outlets in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
The products are labeled Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Snoqualmie Gelato, Snoqualmie Custard, Snoqualmie Sorbet or Emerald & Spruce Ice Cream or Top Pot Hand Forged Ice Cream and have a production date code located on the bottom of the container. The date codes included either end in “4”, e.g. XXX4 (pints and cups) or are listed by date: January 1, 2014 through December 15, 2014 (trays & tubs).
The voluntary recall was initiated based on the confirmation positive result of Listeria monocytogenes in the samples collected within the production facility and ice cream products that were analyzed by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The company is working with the FDA and WSDA to investigate the root cause.
The Washington State Department of Health and local health disease investigators and the state Public Health Laboratories have today linked two Listeria illnesses to products recalled by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Company. We understand both persons were hospitalized and are now recovering.
This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the WSDA.
Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase where they will receive a refund. Consumers with questions or concern may call Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. at 213-316-8323 during normal hours of operations (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm PST).