Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls Select Products Due to Possible Health Risk
the recalled ice cream products may be contaminated with listeria
Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, that has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria 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.
To date, no illnesses have been reported related to this recall.
The affected Blue Bell ice cream was sold in half gallon and pint sizes in the following 10 states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The recalled half gallons are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with a code date of 082618226, and Blue Bell Cookie Two Step with a code date of 080418222 or 081818224. The recalled pint size ice cream is Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with a code date of 081518242 or 082418242. The code date can be found on the bottom of the carton.
Blue Bell says that it identified the potential contamination through intensified internal testing and notified Aspen Hills. Aspen Hills then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell.
Blue Bell says that it is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Consumers should not eat the recalled ice cream and are encouraged to return any affected products to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For more information on this recall, consumers can contact Blue Bell customer service at (979) 836-7977.