Listeria Threat Forces Blue Bell to Expand Recall to Texas & Oklahoma
Blue Bell Ice Cream is, once again, at the center of a listeria threat. This time, though, it's because of a product from a third-party supplier.
Last month, this recall only affected ten states, but now Blue Bell has expanded it to include six more states including Texas and Oklahoma.
Here's the press release sent out October 10th, 2016:
Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling all products that were made with a cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for them to contain Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Blue Bell initiated this expanded recall after Aspen Hills provided additional information on affected cookie dough lots. Although our products in the marketplace have passed our test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples from a batch test negative for Listeria monocytogenes before the batch can be released, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
This recall includes the following products in half gallons and pints, Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Blue Bell Cookie Two Step sold to retail outlets, and three gallon flavors sold to food service accounts including Blue Bell Blue Monster, Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough. These products were produced from February 2, 2016 through September 7, 2016.
The consumer and food service products produced with the cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following states Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Consumers should not eat the recalled products and are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
We continue to work closely with our regulatory agencies, and we remain committed to ensuring we are producing safe products for our consumers to enjoy. For more information, consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.
[via Blue Bell]
While the issue is with an outside cookie dough supplier, Blue Bell seems to be taking extreme caution, and rightfully so. A year and a half ago, Blue Bell suspended operations due to a massive listeria threat.
There have been no reported illnesses with this most recent listeria threat. As a matter of fact, I've consumed a few half-gallons of one of the recalled products and I feel absolutely fine.
We'll, obviously, keep you updated if any other products are involved in this latest recall.
These are the products mentioned in this recall.