Weight Watchers issued Monday a massive recall of the Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae frozen desserts because they might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Aspen Hills, the cookie dough supplier of the Weight Watchers frozen desserts, has announced that the samples tested positive for Listeria. Therefore, the company started a comprehensive investigation right away and issued a voluntary recall to prevent any customer from getting infected.
This bacterium can cause life-threatening infections in consumers. Those who are most at risk are seniors, people with weak immune systems, young kids, and pregnant women. People who get infected with these bacteria usually experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, stiffness, headaches, and high fever.
It is worth mentioning that Listeria monocytogenes can cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women. The current Weight Watchers recall covers roughly 100,000 boxes of Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae frozen desserts.
The recall includes only the Sundae dessert, meaning that no other Weight Watchers products have been contaminated with Listeria. Fortunately, no cases have been reported yet, but the company and the FDA urge customers to refrain themselves from consuming the recalled frozen desserts.
They should either discard the products or return them to the store to receive a full refund. Customers can reach a Weight Watchers representative at 1-866-572-3805 for additional information and other questions related to the recall.
Doctors underline that all people have some Listeria bacteria in their bodies but not enough to cause an infection. This parasite is different than other bacteria because it can survive at freezing temperatures.
That is why people are strongly recommended to avoid thawing any frozen products, including fruits and vegetables, in the microwaves because the heat produced by it is uneven. In other words, some Listeria bacteria can survive, thus increasing the risk of an infection.
Also, specialists stress that people should avoid steaming frozen products as this method is not 100 percent effective in killing all bacteria. Instead, the best way to make sure that your food is not contaminated is to cook it at high temperatures, preferably in a frying pan.
The company officials announced that they would continue the investigation on the contaminated Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen desserts hoping that no customer would get infected by the end of the recall.
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