You might want to check those ice pops in the freezer. The Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, West Virginia voluntarily recalled over 3,000 cases of ice pops due to Listeria bacteria concerns. The Ziegenfelder Company is known for their budget-savvy assorted Twin Pops, Monster Pops, Sugar-Free Pops, Red, White and Berry Blast patriotic rocket pops as well as Sonic Slushed Pops.
The ice pop products in question of the recall are Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops. The affected areas of the recall include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The ice pops were delivered during a 15-day period from April 5 through April 19, 2018.
The recall came after a routine state inspection of the Denver production facility came back positive with Listeria monocytogenes in environmental samples. The production and distribution at the Colorado plant has paused for the time being for the problem to be assessed.
The following products are under the recall.
- Budget $aver brand "Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops", UPC code "0-74534-84200-9", lot codes "D09418A" through "D10018B"
- Budget $saver brand "Sugar Free Twin Pops", UPC code "0-74534-75642-9", lot codes "D09318A" through "D10018B"
While there are no reports of illness, all purchasers of the product are advised to return the popsicles to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-888-683-0379.
Symptoms of listeria include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can also cause miscarriages and still birth in pregnant mothers. People with a suppressed immune system are also high-risk. Symptoms can take up to 70 days to expose, so people who have eaten the ice pops should be aware if symptoms should arise.