Ice cream recall: Penn State Creamery recalls ice cream due to possible plastic material contamination

By on Sep 15, 2012 in Food, United States Comments

The University Creamery at Penn State announced on Thursday, September 13, 2012 a voluntary recall for their ice cream product, which could possibly contain plastic material. An investigation by the university police reportedly started in mid-August this year regarding related incidents.

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Image Credit: Penn State Berkey Creamery

According to a post by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its official website that day, University Creamery issued the ice cream recall after receiving several related incident reports, including three reports where consumers claim that they have found small pieces of plastic in the ice cream.

As noted in the report, three small pieces of plastic that were found in the ice cream measure less than 21 mm (about .82 inches). The recalled ice cream products were manufactured between May 16, 2012 and August 11, 2012, and were sold online at and at Berkey Creamery on the university park campus.

“The safety of the public is our No. 1 concern. 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.” University Creamery manager Tom Palchak was quoted in the report.

“We are erring on the side of caution with this recall and in taking the actions we are taking to prevent any recurrence.” Palchak added, noting that there were no illnesses or injuries have been reported related to the problem; but anyone who thinks were affected should at once consult a healthcare professional.

Based on University Creamery‘s notice, the recalled ice cream bears a ‘Best If Used By Date’ of on or between Feb. 10, 2013, and August 11, 2013, which can be seen on the product label. Consumers who have bought the affected product are being advised to immediately stop consuming them.

Instead, the company strictly recommends that customers return the recalled product to where they were bought them and ask for an exchange or full refund; and contact the University Creamery at 1-855-677-0464 (toll-free).

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