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.