SeaTac Company Voluntarily Recalls Dessert That Could Be Harmful To Pregnant Women
SEATAC – A SeaTac company is voluntarily recalling its coconut-flavor frozen desert after state inspectors found one contaminated with a bacterium that can be especially dangerous to pregnant women.
No illnesses have been reported from the nondairy dessert, sold by Ca Rem #1. The dessert, similar to a Popsicle, is sold at 40 food markets and restaurants in Western Washington and western Oregon.
“We know that these desserts can stay in freezers for months, so families should take a second look at what they’ve been saving for a special treat,” said Claudia Coles, manager of the state Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program.
Coles is encouraging people to throw away Ca Rem #1 coconut desserts they bought.
A Department of Agriculture inspector randomly selected the contaminated dessert Jan. 14 at Asian Planet Food Market in Kent as part of routine food testing, spokesman Jason Kelly said.
Test results returned eight days later showed it was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful bacterium.
The Department of Agriculture determined the product’s distribution area and initiated the recall Friday.
The dessert was made in Hillman City, where the retail and wholesale ice cream business was located until being licensed in SeaTac earlier this month, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Ca Rem #1 is owned by Jackie Bell, a Vietnam native who makes nondairy frozen desserts with coconut milk and fruit. She also owned Le Bambou, a now-defunct Vietnamese cafe in Hillman City.
“We don’t know what caused that,” she said of the contaminated product.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Eating food with the bacterium may cause listeriosis, a food-borne illness that can cause high fever and severe headache, among other symptoms. The elderly and people with weakened immune systems are also particularly at risk.
Consumers with questions are encouraged to call Ca Rem #1 at 206-720-1887.