Fast food chain White Castle recently started selling their popular slider style burgers as a frozen food option through national grocery store chains. This week, though, the company has announced a voluntary recall over listeria concerns.
According to White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson, “Our number one focus is the safety of our customers and our team members, and as a family-owned business, we want to hold ourselves to the absolute highest standards of accountability in all aspects of our business—and especially food safety.”
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain that the listeria bacteria is not usually too dangerous but can be fatal among children, the elderly, and those who have compromised immune systems. It can also result in miscarriage and stillbirth. Healthy people who become infected, though, might only experience severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and high fever.
Fortunately, the company caught the issue before it could lead to any illnesses.
In a statement, the company attests, “Since the problem was identified White Castle has not shipped any product from this facility to customers. Following rigorous safety testing protocols, all impacted production runs have been identified for destruction. White Castle has maintained complete control of all product produced at the facility since the first indication of a problem.”
The VP also notes “Of all the products we are recalling, none tested positive for listeria—but a later production date did. That’s why we did this on a voluntary basis: to make certain we were acting quickly with an abundance of caution. In total, the recall impacts about 72,000 packages of our frozen sandwiches. To put that in perspective, that’s about 0.1 percent of our annual production.”
Indeed, Richardson notes that most of the products involved were pulled from circulation before they could make it to store shelves. The products had been shipped to 22 states: California, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.