Listeria concerns prompts recall of Weight Watchers dessert

(WPRI) — The Food and Drug Administration Monday announced the recall of Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae due to possible health risks.

The agency said the recall is due to possible contamination of the cookie dough pieces from third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Listeria are bacteria commonly found in the environment. Listeriosis, a rare disease caused by these bacteria, occurs when someone eats food contaminated with Listeria. Image courtesy of Brian Sauders, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Laboratory Division
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The FDA said to date there had been no consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this issue.

Consumers who purchased the affected product should not eat it. Instead, they should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or refund.

Consumers can also contact 1-866-572-3805. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern, for a full refund.

The recall affects 4-packs of the Weight Watchers Smart One’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae with the individual package UPC code of 0 2580002329 5

Affected lot codes include:
Best by 12/28/2016   MS5M01A
Best by 12/28/2016   MS5M02A
Best by 12/28/2016   MS5M07A
Best By 12/28/2016   MS5M08A
Best by 01/28/2017   MS6A18A
Best by 01/28/2017   MS6A19A
Best by 01/28/2017   MS6A20A
Best by 02/28/17       MS6B15A
Best by 02/28/17       MS6B16A
Best by 02/28/17       MS6B17A
Best by 03/28/2017   MS6C28A
Best by 03/28/2017   MS6C29A
Best by 03/28/2017   MS6C30A
Best By 05/28/2017   MS6E10A
Best By 06/28/2017   MS6F27A
Best By 06/28/2017   MS6F28A
Best By 06/28/2017   MS6F29A
Best by 07/28/2017   MS6G28A
Best By 07/28/2017  MS6G25
Best By 07/28/2017   MS6G26
Best By 07/28/2017   MS6G27