- White Castle‘s frozen food division and the US Food and Drug Administration have announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of White Castle frozen sandwich products due to listeria concerns.
- The recalled items include six-pack cheeseburgers, hamburgers, jalapeño cheeseburgers, and 16-pack hamburgers and cheeseburgers with expiration dates between August 4 and August 17.
- A recent test conducted at a manufacturing facility responsible for producing the White Castle frozen sandwiches indicated the possible presence of listeria, and production was halted.
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White Castle and the US Food and Drug Administration have announced a recall of a select group of White Castle frozen sandwich products due to listeria concerns.
The voluntary recall includes six-pack cheeseburgers, hamburgers, jalapeño cheeseburgers, and 16-pack hamburgers and cheeseburgers with expiration dates between August 4 and August 17.
The recall is limited only to the frozen packaged items, which are sold in grocery stores and other retail locations. White Castle’s fast-food locations are not affected by this recall.
A third-party laboratory conducting a recent quality assurance test of White Castle products from one facility found that a sample of its frozen sandwich products indicated the possible presence of listeria monocytogenes. All production was halted and all impacted production runs were destroyed following the investigation.
Customers who purchased the now-recalled White Castle sandwiches should dispose of the products or return them to the store they were purchased in for a full refund. If you believe you may have consumed the affected products, it’s advised to consult a medical professional.
Listeria infections are typically caused by consuming food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a type of bacteria. These serious and sometimes fatal infections most often affect those with weakened immune systems, children, and the elderly.
Listeria contamination can cause health problems such as fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. In pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
“Our number one focus is the safety of our customers and our team members, and as a family-owned business, we want to hold ourselves to the absolute highest standards of accountability in all aspects of our business – and especially food safety,” White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson said in an FDA press release about the recall.
“For perspective, the announcement impacts about 72,000 packages – or just 0.1% – of our total annual production,” Richardson said in an additional statement to Business Insider on Tuesday. “In communications with our retail partners, we confirmed that 10% or less of the recalled packages actually made it to the retail shelves. Our retail partners acted quickly and began removing products included in the recall from shelves beginning Friday, December 6th. We are working closely with the FDA to make certain all future production meets the measure of the very highest and most demanding food safety standards.”
According to White Castle’s website, the retailers that sell White Castle frozen food products include Target, 7-Eleven, Aldi, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kroger, Kroger Fresh Fare, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Save-A-Lot, CVS, Walmart, and other grocery stores.
White Castle told Business Insider that the recalled products were shipped to stores in 22 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Ilinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
To date, no public health officials have reported any illness associated with the recalled products.