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Nestlé Recalls Drumsticks Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

The recalled cones were sold in 16-count variety packs and 24-count vanilla packs.
Posted at 11:32 AM, Oct 10, 2016

You might want to check the packaging before eating a Drumstick out of your freezer. 

Nestlé issued a voluntary recall for some of the ice cream cones because of possible listeria contamination. 

Some production equipment tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. None of the cones tested positive for the bacteria, and no illnesses have been reported so far. 

The recall affects Drumstick Club 16-count packs with best before dates between June 2, 2017 and June 15, 2017. It also affects Drumstick vanilla 24-count packs with best before dates between June 16, 2017 and June 19, 2017. 

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. 

In the last two months, there have been at least six other food recalls because of listeria concerns. 

The more recent listeria recalls have been prompted by processed foods. But in 2011, a listeriosis outbreak linked to whole cantaloupe from a Colorado farm killed 33 people and hospitalized more than 140. The brothers in charge of the farm were sentenced to five years of probation, six months of in-home detention and 100 hours of community service for their role in the outbreak. 

The CDC estimates listeriosis kills about 260 people in the U.S. each year.