Fresno firm recalls ice cream
March 20, 2014
• Fears possible Listeria contamination
• Production of the products has been suspended
One of the varieties recalled
Helados La Tapatia Inc., a Fresno maker of ice cream, frozen fruit bars and similar products, says it is voluntarily recalling all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars/cups and bolis due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Guam and Canada in retail stores. The products are sold under the brand names of Helados La Tapatia and Icesations.
No illnesses have been reported to date, the company says. The recall was the result of a routine inspection program by the U.S. FDA, which found the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.
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 production of the products has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the Helados La Tapatia or Icesations products are being urged by the company to return the products to where they bought them for a full refund.