Life Raft Treats expanded the recall of ice cream that might have taken listeria to customers in 38 states and the District of Columbia after South Carolina inspectors found listeria in another lot.
Here are the latest facts about this recall.
What Life Raft Treat ice cream products are recalled?
▪ Life Raft Treats Not Fried Chicken ice cream in a 64-ounce bucket.
▪ Life Raft Treats Not Fried Chicken ice cream bars.
▪ Life Raft Treats Life is Peachy ice cream treats.
The original recall said these went to customers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The updated recall says the recalled ice cream went to customers in Florida, California, Texas, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
Why are these products recalled?
The original recall of all the above products with best by dates up to and including Aug. 21, 2024, came after South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control told Life Raft Treats that their Not Fried Chicken ice cream treat tested positive for listeria.
Then, on Sept. 18, the same agency told Life Raft to throw in another lot of Not Fried Chicken ice cream treat after it tested positive for listeria.
“The firm also decided to recall their Life Is Peachy Ice Cream treats because both products were manufactured in the same room,” Life Raft’s recall notice says.
So, now, all the above products with a best by date up to and including Aug. 28, 2024.
What is listeria?
Listeria is shorthand for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. It’s also used to refer to the infection you can get from eating food contaminated with the bacteria. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is rare compared to, say, salmonella, infecting only 1,600 Americans per year compared to salmonella’s 1.35 million. Bu, it’s far deadlier, killing about 260 or 16.25% each year, compared with 0.03% for salmonella.
Listeria poses the greatest danger to pregnant women, seniors and those with damaged immune systems.
What should Life Raft Treats customers do?
Do you have any of the recalled products? Take them back to the store for a full refund. Or throw them in the garbage and, when you do, make sure no animals can get to them. Do not eat them.
Answers to your questions can be found by emailing Life Raft Treats at email@example.com or, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday, calling 843-695-9806.