Hom/Ade Foods, Inc., voluntary recalls Mary B’s brand of frozen biscuits due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered in a product sampling by an outside co-packer, who manufactured the product.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
According to the recall notice, the Mary B’s products affected are frozen bagged biscuits with “Best If Used By” dates BEFORE September 23, 2018 and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.
Products were distributed to twenty-three states including South Carolina, and sold in retail stores. Although these products are not ready-to-eat items and have baking instructions which, if followed, will reduce consumer risk, there remains some risk that the mishandling of this product prior to or without adequate baking may cause illness.
There has been no illness to date associated with these products. Hom/Ade Foods Inc. has voluntarily recalled all affected products and is working with the FDA and supplier to fix the problem. Consumers are urged to return affected products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers or consumers with questions may call Hom/Ade Foods Inc. at 1-855-562-7773, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
A complete list of UPC codes included in the recall can be found here. The code may be found on the back of the bag, lower right corner. No other code dates are affected.