Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hudsonville Ice Cream Announces a Recall of Candy Bar Whirl Ice Cream Distributed in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Because of Possible Risk to Health

Hudsonville Ice Cream is announcing a voluntary recall of Candy Bar Whirl ice cream, in 64 oz. packages, because the peanuts in the ice cream may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The ice cream under recall is: Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Co. brand Candy Bar Whirl Ice Cream, net wt. 64 oz.; UPC code 7043810250. The recall includes all lot numbers of Candy Bar Whirl ice cream with a code number ending in “08”. This ice cream was distributed to retail stores in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

The recalled ice cream contains peanuts supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which has just announced the expansion of a voluntary recall covering all peanut products made in their Blakely, Georgia plant since January 1, 2007. Peanut Corporation of America is currently the focus of an ongoing investigation concerning Salmonella outbreaks. Hudsonville Ice Cream has not received any reports of illness connected to this ice cream, to date.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled 64 Oz cartons of Candy Bar Whirl ice cream are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hudsonville Ice Cream at 1-616-546-4005, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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