Manufacturer CT Ice Cream Recalled for Potential Listeria

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced the recall of several products made by the Manchester-based brand The Royal Ice Cream Company earlier this month.

According to the FDA, the products may contain Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that causes short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, stiffness, and diarrhea. It can cause serious infections in young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.

Potentially contaminated products can be identified by manufacturing plant number “CT121” or “CT#121” and have been sold in retail stores in several states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rode Island and New York, according to the FDA.

According to the announcement, the recall was initiated by the company after an FDA sample revealed the presence of the organism. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the FDA encourages customers not to consume the products.

The company first recalled three flavors of ice cream from Massachusetts-based ice cream brand Batch on Feb. 4. On February 11, the Royal Ice Cream Company decided to recall all products produced at the factory. This included Royal’s own products and 17 other brands like Ronny Brook ice cream, New Orleans ice cream and Sweet Scoops yogurt.

The Royal Ice Cream Company, open since 1926, is a family business based in Manchester. The company was founded by Michael A. Orfitelli, an Italian immigrant, and continued by his children and grandchildren, according to its website.

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