UTICA, Ohio -
An Ohio ice cream maker is voluntarily recalling some of its peanut-butter flavored products because of suspected salmonella contamination.
Velvet Ice Cream said Thursday that some of the peanut products bought from Sunland Inc. for use in the ice cream flavors could be contaminated.
The recalled Velvet products are mostly sold at convenience stores, ice cream parlors and small, independent retailers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The possibly affected Velvet brands include Peanut Butter Cup, Supreme Peanut Butter Cup and Buckeye Classic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the presence of salmonella in samples taken from the Sunland Inc. production facility.
The following products with specific code numbers are included in the recall:
Velvet Supreme Peanut Butter Cup – 1/2 gallon -- UPC #70682-10119 -- 10181 6/30/2010
Velvet Peanut Butter Cup – 3 gallon -- UPC #70682-10539 -- 10181 6/30/2010
Velvet Buckeye Classic – 56 oz. -- UPC #70682-10038 -- 10193 7/12/2010
Velvet Buckeye Classic – 3 gallon -- UPC #70682-10519 -- 10193 7/12/2010
Velvet Buckeye Classic – 3 gallon -- UPC #70682-10519 -- 12207 7/25/2012
Velvet Buckeye Classic – 3 gallon -- UPC #70682-10519 -- 12227 8/14/2012
Velvet Buckeye Classic – pints -- UPC #70682-10423 -- 12251 9/07/2012
Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people or people otherwise in poor health.
Symptoms often include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the organism can enter the bloodstream, leading to arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
"The well-being of Velvet Ice Cream customers and the quality of our products is of the utmost importance to our company," Velvet Ice Cream President Luconda Dager said in a statement. "The moment we heard there were issues with nut products manufactured by Sunland, Inc., we took immediate steps to investigate all peanut products shipped to our company and voluntarily removed any product that may include tainted ingredients."
Customers who purchased affected products can return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.