Nestlé Listeria recall: Drumstick cones put into distribution ‘inadvertently’

By Joseph James Whitworth

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One of the recalled products
One of the recalled products
Nestlé USA has recalled ice cream cones after Listeria monocytogenes was found on equipment contact surfaces near to where they are produced.

Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack contain 4.6 fl.oz. cones were manufactured in Bakersfield, California between August 31 and September 17 and distributed nationally.

The firm said it received positive test results for Listeria from equipment contact surfaces on the production line where products were made. Nestlé added it does a full clean after the day’s production.

Drumstick cones have not tested positive for the pathogen and no illnesses have been reported.

Nestlé said products were put into distribution ‘inadvertently’.

“Nestlé conducts a “test and hold” program and identified this potential problem through its own testing protocol. Unfortunately, an error occurred in logging receipt of the test result and the product in question was inadvertently shipped to retailers.

“We discovered the error during a subsequent review of records. As soon as we identified the error, we notified FDA and initiated the recall. We’re now looking into reinforcing our checks and balances so that such errors do not reoccur.

“There may be a temporary shortage as our retail customers remove the recalled products from sale and we work to clear the distribution channel of affected products.”

Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 ct. Variety Pack is a Club Pack sold in the Club Channel and contains Vanilla, Vanilla Fudge and Vanilla Caramel flavors.

The 24 ct. pack that contains Single Vanilla Cones are meant for individual sale at convenience stores such as 7-11.

The two packs being recalled have UPC codes, a “best before” date and production code which can be found here​.

Product identification codes can be found on the back of packages and on individually marked vanilla cones from the 24 count pack. 

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