Blue Bell Expands Recall, Includes Ice Cream Made at Oklahoma-Based Facility
Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall to include products that were made in an Oklahoma-based plant, but unlike some grocers, the company is limiting the recall to products made on a specific production line.
The company originally recalled products that were sold in institutional or food service settings, but expanded the recall to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints that tested positive for listeria. Other ice cream products that were manufactured on the same line are also included.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials previously linked the Broken Arrow, Okla. manufacturing facility to a listeria outbreak that killed three patients in a Kansas hospital. Blue Bell announced late last week that it temporarily suspended operations at the plant while a third-party consultant tries to identify the cause of the contamination.
These products were distributed to retail outlets, food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Kroger, Walmart and Sam's Club issued their own recall for Blue Bell products made at the Oklahoma plant, while H-E-B pulled all Blue Bell products regardless of where they were made.
These products made at the Broken Arrow facility are identified with a code date ending in O, P, Q, R, S or T located on the bottom of the carton and they are a part of the voluntary market withdrawal.
Products made on the line that produced the contaminated Banana Pudding Ice Cream were made between Feb. 12 and March 27, 2015 and have a code date ending in either S or T.
A full list of products involved in the recall can be found on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977.
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