White Castle has initiated the voluntary recall of a limited number of frozen 6-pack cheeseburgers, frozen 6-pack hamburgers, frozen 6-pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, as well as 16- pack hamburgers and 16-pack cheeseburgers for the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
The voluntary recall will impact product on shelves at select retailers with best by dates ranging from August 4 to August 17, 2020. Any product with these dates on shelves is presently being removed. Any product with a best by date before or after these best by dates is not included in the voluntary recall. To date, public health officials have not reported any illness associated with these products.
"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," said White Castle Vice President, Jamie Richardson.
A recent sample conducted by a third party laboratory of its frozen sandwiches from one manufacturing facility showed a presence of Listeria monocytogenes halting any shipment of product to customers. Since the problem was identified, White Castle has not shipped any product from this facility to customers and all impacted production runs have been identified for destruction. The company says it is has also taken the following actions:
- Intensive sanitation and cleaning with guidance from outside food safety experts.
- Aggressively elevating food safety testing and manufacturing guidelines.
- Conducting comprehensive testing to confirm no presence of listeria in the facility.
White Castle frozen sandwiches are sold in rectangular cardboard packages and the code date is located on a side panel.