Talk about scary snacking! Just one day after the peanut butter recall was expanded, Dale and Thomas Popcorn has pulled a staggering 700,000 bags of gourmet popcorn because of potential listeria contamination.
The recall includes “Popcorn, Indiana” products in 14 different flavors: Aged white cheddar, almond biscotti, American cheese, apple crisp, bacon ranch, black and white drizzle, dark fudge chocolate chip drizzle, kettlecorn, salt and pepper, and wasabi.
The Englewood, N.J. company issued the voluntary recall after detecting listeria on some mechanical equipment. The affected products have “Best By” dates of February 4, 2013 through March 12, 2013.
Spokesman Travis Ferber says the potentially dangerous bacteria doesn’t seem to have originated from the source products, the popcorn or its flavorings, but it may have spread to the food.
“‘A handful’ of illnesses possibly related to the product have been reported but not confirmed, Ferber told NBC News.
The bacteria can cause fatal infections in children, pregnant women, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems. The serious symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
You can return any purchased “Popcorn, Indiana” products to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement.
Consumers with recalled product(s) should contact Dale and Thomas’ dedicated recall hotline (866) 940-7936 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or email the company at: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.