Monday, February 2, 2009

Velvet Ice Cream Pulling Cone Products

Velvet Ice Cream has announced a voluntary recall of its Velvet Round Top Vanilla Cones, which are sold individually and in four-packs in grocery and convenience stores.

Velvet began asking stores to pull the novelty item from shelves Friday. Velvet launched the recall after the Peanut Corporation of America began a voluntary recall Thursday of all peanuts and peanut products processed since Jan. 1, 2007, at its Blakely, Ga., facility.

The recall was initiated by Velvet suppliers, Fieldbrook Foods of Dunkirk, N.Y., and Ice Cream Specialties of Lafayette, Ind., which manufacture the products under an agreement with Velvet. The cones are sprinkled with crushed peanuts.

Luconda Dager, vice president of Velvet, stressed that Velvet does not purchase products or ingredients from the Peanut Corporation of American. All other Velvet suppliers have confirmed that the products they provide to Velvet do not originate from the Peanut Corporation of America.

“Since the beginning of the salmonella outbreak, Velvet has independently completed additional testing of its manufactured products containing peanuts, peanut butter or any peanut byproduct, and every test has returned negative results for the contamination,” Dager said.

Individuals who have purchased Velvet Round Top Vanilla Cones can return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.

Headquartered at Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio, Velvet Ice Cream has been a family owned and operated business for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1914 by family patriarch Joseph Dager, Velvet has been run for four generations of the Dager family. Velvet produces more than 500 flavors of ice cream, which can be found in freezer cases throughout the Midwest. The landmark Ye Olde Mill, which houses the company headquarters, an ice cream museum and restaurant, attracts 150,000 visitors a year.

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