A voluntary recall has been issued for Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale). Nestlé USA recalled the product because contact surfaces of equipment tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. “The products impacted by the voluntary recall were put into distribution inadvertently. No illnesses have been reported to date; the company is initiating this recall as a precautionary action to avoid any potential for consumer illness.” according to an Oct. 7 recall alert posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
The drumstick ice cream cones themselves did not test positive for Listeria. The recall affects 4.6 fl. oz cones. According to the announcement, the product was manufactured in Bakersfield, California and distributed nationwide.
Listeria can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening infections. The risk is greatest in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women exposed to listeria can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth. In healthy individuals, listeria may only cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Consumers are urged not to eat the recalled product. Anyone who purchased the drumsticks can return it to the place of purchase for a refund or contact Nestlé Consumer services for replacement.