A New York-based company has begun recalling soft serve sundaes in 19 states and the District of Columbia, prompted by possible Listeria contamination.
New York-based Real Kosher Ice Cream announced the recall Wednesday in a warning on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, saying it affects all flavor options of its Soft Serve On The Go cups starting August 4 or earlier.
According to the warning, the product comes in six different flavors that come in 8-ounce packs.
The recall was preceded by two people, one in New York and one in Pennsylvania, who had an illness that led to hospitalization, the alert said.
One person reported becoming ill after consuming a Soft Serve On The Go cup. A sample of this tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Eating foods that contain the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can lead to listeriosis, a type of infection that causes about 260 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Such infections “are most likely to affect pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 and over, and people with compromised immune systems,” according to the health agency.
According to the alert, no one has died related to the recalled ice cream products as of Wednesday.
Customers may have purchased the recalled products from cafeterias, grocery stores, or convenience stores in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio. Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the country’s capital.
In the FDA warning, she warned against consuming the recalled product.
Instead, it recommended throwing the Soft Serve On The Go cups in the trash or returning them to where they were sold.
Real Kosher Ice Cream said on its website that it chose to recall the Soft Serve On The Go cups because “our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our customers.”
“Soft Serve on the Go cups are manufactured in-house,” the company said. “No other products are affected by this recall.”
Further production and distribution of the soft serve tubs has been halted while both the FDA and Real Kosher Ice Cream investigate the matter, the recall warning said.