Food & Drink

Listeria causes recall of frozen desserts sold in 15 states, including some Walmarts

A brand of frozen pops that were sold in 15 states were recalled Monday after listeria was found at the production plant.

The Ziegenfelder Company recalled Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops with lot Nos. D09418A through D10018B and Budget $aver Sugar Free Pops with lot Nos. D09318A through D10018B.

From April 5 through Thursday, they were delivered to distributors and retail stores in Florida, New York, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Some Walmart stores are among the retail outlets.

According to the company-written, FDA-posted recall notice, Colorado's Department of Agriculture found listeria in an environmental sample from the Denver production facility. The Ziegenfelder Company has closed the plant while investigating the problem.

Customers should return the frozen pops for a full refund or at least throw them out. Anyone with questions can call the company at 1-888-683-0379, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

Listeria leads to listeriosis, which sickens about 1,600 in the United States each year and kills about 260, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most vulnerable groups to the worst cases of listeria are pregnant women, newborns, senior citizens and anyone with a damaged immune systems. In anyone, listeriosis can cause diarrhea, fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.