Before you give in to that ice-cream craving, you might want to do a little detective work in your freezer. Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall of its Drumstick ice cream cones due to possible Listeria contamination.
The recall is limited to the Drumstick Club 16-count variety pack and 24-count vanilla pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale). These products came from the company's production facility in Bakersfield, California, which received positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes (LM) from equipment contact surfaces. However, no positive test results for the presence of LM were found in the cones themselves. And while Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and elderly people, and miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, no illnesses have been reported to date.
Here's what to look for: The two packs being recalled carry one of two distinct UPC codes (72554-11096 or 72554-00160), which can be found on the back of the packages and on the individually marked vanilla cones from the 24-count pack. Those with the UPC code ending in 96 have a "best before" date between June 2 and June 15, 2017. Those with the UPC code ending in 60 have a "best before" date between June 16 and June 19, 2017. No other sizes or varieties of Nestlé Drumstick products are affected by this recall. For a complete list of all the affected production codes, check the FDA's announcement.