Pinnacle Foods, which owns Aunt Jemima, said that no illnesses had been reported from eating any of the frozen pancakes, waffles, or French toast sticks, but that the company was voluntarily recalling its frozen breakfast products after Listeria bacteria were found at a plant where the products are produced.
Listeria bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. It can also cause stillbirth or miscarriage in pregnant women. In healthy adults who are not pregnant, it usually only causes short-term illnesses.
The recall affects all “Best By” dates of 17 different frozen pancake, waffle, and French toast stick products sold by Aunt Jemima. The UPC codes affected by the recall are on the Pinnacle Foods website.
The recall does not affect any Aunt Jemima dry mixes or syrup, just frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
Susan Houriet of Bloomfield, New Jersey had to throw away two boxes of Aunt Jemima Frozen Mini Pancakes after reading about the recall. Both boxes, one half-used, were purchased from Fresh Direct, and had the same recalled UPC code.
"Our microwave broke a few days ago, and we just got a new one at Sears on Saturday afternoon," said the mom of three, who also happens to be editor-in-chief of The Daily Meal. "These lazy pancakes are a weekend tradition around here, and I have some disappointed kids. Scrambled eggs it is!"
She contacted Fresh Direct for a refund.