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Nestlé Recalls Drumstick Ice Cream for Listeria Risk

Nestlé Recalls Drumstick Ice Cream for Listeria Risk

October 10, 2016 — Nestlé USA, Inc. has issued a recall for selected Drumstick ice cream cones due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall includes 16 and 24 count boxes of 4.6-oz Drumstick cones with best-by dates between June 2 and June 19, 2017. No other products were recalled.

No products have tested positive for Listeria. However, the ice cream may have come in contact with infected surfaces on a production line.

No illnesses have been reported, but infections can be life-threatening or deadly — especially for people with vulnerable immune systems. According to the FDA:

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

Nestlé received positive test results for Listeria from equipment contact surfaces at a facility in Bakersfield, California. The recalled products were put into distribution inadvertently.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that survives freezing and grows in refrigerator temperatures. It especially likes cold, dark, wet places that are often found in food-processing facilities. Listeria is hard to eradicate because it is so common in the environment. It also causes mastitis in cows, which is why unpasteurized milk is often contaminated and Listeria is often found in dairy facilities.

Last year, Blue Bell Creameries and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recalled all of their products due to possible contamination with Listeria. Both companies have issued multiple follow-up recalls after re-discovering Listeria in their facilities.


Production Code


Best Before Date

DSTK Club CP 16×4.6floz US


Between June 2 – June 15, 2017


DSTK Vanilla 24×4.6floz US



Between June 16 – June 19, 2017


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