Blue Bell Creamery has issued a voluntary recall on some of its ice cream products.
The selected recalled products were 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, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes, the creamery stated on its website.
This recall covers the following products:
Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons:
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates: 082618226
- Blue Bell Cookie Two Step - Code Dates: 080418222, 081818224
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Code Dates: 081518242, 082418242
The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton.
The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following ten states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
No illnesses have been reported.
Although Blue Bell's products in the marketplace have passed their test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution.
This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
Listeria which 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.
For more information, consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.
Last year, Blue Bell halted sales and issued a voluntarily recall of all of its products due to bacteria contamination that was linked 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths, drawing regulatory scrutiny from federal and state officials.