Life Raft Treats Recalls Ice Cream Products, Not Fried Chicken And Life Is Peachy, Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Life Raft Treats Recalls Ice Cream Products, Not Fried Chicken And Life Is Peachy, Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Company Announcement

September 6, 2023

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – September 6, 2023 – Life Raft Treats is recalling their Not Fried Chicken 64 oz bucket, Not Fried Chicken 2.5 oz bar UPC 8 60006 18210 6 and Life Is Peachy 6 count box ice cream products, all with BEST BY DATES up to and including AUG 8212024 due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes, 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, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

On September 5, 2023 the firm was notified by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) that their Not Fried Chicken ice cream treat test positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The firm also decided to recall their Life Is Peachy Ice Cream treats because both products were manufactured in the same room.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or they may discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact the firm via email or telephone us at (843) 695-9806 M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Review and Recommendations

The details of the recall have not been provided, however, there are a few things that a company can do to ensure this type of recall does not happen in their company.

Ice cream products require special care during manufacturing since ingredients (candy, cookie pieces, whirls, and sauces) are added to the semi-soft ice cream after it has been pasteurized.  If not conducted properly, these “post-pasteurization” additions bring a level of risk to the organization.

Fortunately, for these types of manufacturing operations, sufficient testing protocols take place to identify if the product has been contaminated before it is shipped.

For these companies, I recommend reviewing the following areas to ensure you have minimized any risk.

  • Raw and Ready-to-Eat (RTE) ingredient receiving and storage practices.
  • Quality Assurance microbiological testing protocols for raw and RTE products.
  • Finished testing review (times, frequencies, release standards, and escalation protocols)
  • Post-sanitation bacterial swabbing procedures.
  • Master Sanitation Schedules (MSS).
  • Cleaning chemical review (time, temperature, and concentration).
  • Intermittent cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • GMP practices (handwashing, raw / RTE traffic controls, uniform policies, etc.)

As you review these areas, look for gaps where you could have an area of opportunity or risk and address it immediately.

By Focusing on Key Areas Within the Operation, Together We can Drive out Recalls Worldwide!

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