White Castle issues huge recall of frozen burgers over deadly listeria fears

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WHITE Castle is voluntarily recalling a limited number of its frozen burgers over deadly listeria fears.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the 98-year-old American fast-food chain’s recall comes after a recent quality assurance test found Listeria monocytogenesis at one manufacturing facility.

White Castle's frozen six-pack hamburgers have been voluntarily recalled over listeria fears
White Castle’s frozen six-pack hamburgers have been voluntarily recalled over listeria fears

A possible listeria contamination has prompted White Castle to voluntarily recall a 'limited' number of products [stock image]
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A possible listeria contamination has prompted White Castle to voluntarily recall a ‘limited’ number of products [stock image][/caption]The affected products include a limited number of frozen six-pack cheeseburgers, frozen six-pack hamburgers, frozen six-pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, 16 pack hamburgers, and 16 pack cheeseburgers.

Products with best-by-dates ranging from August 4, 2020, to August 17, 2020, were affected.

An FDA warning, issued on December 6, stated: “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.”

White Castle Vice President, Jamie Richardson spoke out: “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.”

Listeria is a food-borne bacterial illness – usually deriving from unpasteurised milk, dairy products made from unpasteurised milk, prepackaged sandwiches or deli meats, and soft cheeses.

What is listeria, what are the symptoms and can it be cured?

LISTERIA is a type of bacteria that can cause the infection listeriosis if ingested.

Foods that are more likley to have listeria are unpasturized milk, dairy products made from unpasturized milk, soft cheeses, and prepackaged sandwiches or deli meats.

Mild symptoms of the bacteria – which most people only experience for a few days – include a high temperature of 100.4F/38C or above, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, and aches and pains.

More severe symptoms are possible in pregnant women, babies, the eldery,  and anyone with a weakened immunine system.

The bacteria can cause preganant woman to have miscarriages and still births.

Severe symptoms can be seizures, sudden confusion, a severe headache and stiff neck, or discomfort when looking at bright lights.

Listeria can be avoided by washing hangs regularly with soap and water, washing fruits and vegetables before ingesting, and correctly storing pre-packaged foods.

Serious infections that that arise from a Listeria infection can be treated with antibiotics.


Short-term symptoms of Listeria consist of high fever, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sever headache, the FDA notice explained.

Miscarriages and still births are possible outcomes of the bacteria when found in pregnant woman.

Customers who may have purchased any recalled White Castle products were urged to throw them out or return them to the store.

The White Castle facility where the bacteria was found is conducting comprehensive testing, following through with intensive sanitation and cleaning from food safety experts, and elevating manufacturing guidelines, according to the FDA.

No illnesses have yet been connected to the recalled products, but customers should still seek medical advice if they suspect they’ve come in contact with the bacteria.

White Castle can be contacted at 1-800-843-2728.


The listeria recall comes just days after a multi-state outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce grown in California’s Salinas Valley.

A total of 102 people were infected with the strain of E.coli across 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Listeria monocytogenesis can cause symptoms such as severe headaches, nausea, high fever, and diarrhea [stock image]
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Listeria monocytogenesis can cause symptoms such as severe headaches, nausea, high fever, and diarrhea [stock image][/caption]

The Jalapeno Cheese Sliders have also been recalled among other types of White Castle frozen burgers
The Jalapeno Cheese Sliders have also been recalled among other types of White Castle frozen burgers

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