Nutrisystem is recalling one of its popular high-protein bars over concerns about possible listeria contamination, which can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections in young children and the elderly.
The company's Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar, manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc., contains an ingredient that may be contaminated with the bacteria, Nutrisystem said.
Only 455 cases of the affected product were shipped to ShopRite and Hannaford stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and nine other states; it was also sold online through Amazon.com and Walmart.com. The product, sold in a box of five, can be identified by the UPC 6 32674 85579 4, Enjoy by Aug 22 2017 and Lot Code NF082216A.
No other Nutrisystem product is affected by the recall, which the company said it is initiating out of an abundance of caution.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infection.
Anyone who purchased the affected products can return them to the place of purchase or call Nutrisystem's customer service at 1-866-293-8118.