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Nestle Drumstick Dash: Listeria Danger in Ice Cream

Monday, November 28, 2016By Richard Alexander

Around the holidays, many of us are thinking about drumsticks of the poultry kind. Some people are even signing up for “drumstick dashes” and “turkey trots,” heading out to run for their favorite charities. Recently, a drumstick of a different kind has made the news: Nestle’s Drumstick ice cream cone, for which a voluntary recall was issued in October.

Certain Nestle drumsticks were identified as potentially infected with Listeria contamination. Listeria normally presents only short-term problems for healthy adults, “causing symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.” Listeria is a type of bacteria found in water, soil, and animal feces. Humans typically get the bacteria in their systems through unsafe foods.

However, Listeria can be fatal to those with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems. Potential victims include the elderly, young children, and those suffering from other diseases or conditions. Listeria infection can be particularly damaging to unborn fetuses, causing pregnant women to have stillbirths and miscarriages.

The drumsticks were manufactured in Bakersfield and include a 16-count variety pack, as well as a 24-count vanilla pack. Equipment that came into contact with the ice cream product at the Bakersfield facility tested positive; however, to date, none of the cones themselves are known to have been contaminated.

If you have boxes of or individually wrapped Nestle drumsticks, take immediate action to review them to see if they fall within the voluntary recall to protect you and your loved ones. You can review a description of the affected products, as well as applicable production codes, UPC codes, and “best before” dates in the press release on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product or by unsafe food, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Alexander Law Group, LLP or call 888.777.1776. All calls are free and confidential.

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