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Penn State Creamery Recalls Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt

by on September 13, 2012 3:38 PM

The Penn State Creamery announced it is voluntarily recalling all ice cream and frozen yogurt made between May 16 and Aug. 11, 2012, due to separate and isolated incidents involving reports of small plastic foreign objects in products.

The recalled ice cream was manufactured and sold from the Berkey Creamery at University Park campus and also was available for purchase on the Internet from the Creamery's website.

In mid-August, Penn State Police, with the held of the Food and Drug Administration, started a criminal investigation into several isolated incidents involving reports of small foreign objects in ice cream. The Creamery has received three reports of consumers finding small plastic pieces in the ice cream, specifically, three small pieces of plastic less than 21 mm (about .82 inches) in size.

According to a press release on Penn State Live, the reports have only related to half-gallon containers but the Creamery is extending the recall to cover all ice cream and frozen yogurt in all container sizes made between May 16 and Aug. 11 to best protect consumers.

Ice cream subject to the recall will bear a 'BEST IF USED BY' date on the label falling on or between Feb. 10, 2013, and Aug. 11, 2013. Consumers who have purchased ice cream covered by this recall are urged to not eat the ice cream and to return any product subject to the recall to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions may contact the Creamery at 1-855-677-0464 (toll-free).

No illnesses or injuries have been reported in connection with this situation. Anyone that believes they may have ingested an object should immediately consult a healthcare professional, Penn State officials said. 

"The safety of the public is our No. 1 concern," said Tom Palchak, Creamery manager. "Although by all accounts these appear to be isolated incidents, they are troubling to say the least. We have a longstanding reputation for safety at the Creamery and a product that consumers trust. We are erring on the side of caution with this recall and in taking the actions we are taking to prevent any recurrence."

According to Penn State, an independent investigation of the reports of foreign objects conducted for the Creamery, while not conclusive, suggests that the objects did not enter the ice cream during the manufacturing process. The Creamery has extended the recall to cover not only the dates when the ice cream was made that were subject to the reports, but to also include all ice cream made during a "buffer period" after the last known production date, up to the point when the Creamery instituted enhanced security measures to protect against the chances of undetected objects being placed in the ice cream. These measures include limiting access to production and packaging areas, increased surveillance systems, purchase of an x-ray device and metal detectors and notification of ingredient suppliers.

In the near future, the Creamery also will move to a tamper-resistant packaging solution, Penn State said.

This recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the FDA.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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