Blue Bell issues recall over listeria concerns

Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 5:16 PM CDT
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Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling some products produced at its plant in Alabama because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient from a third-party supplier that could be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis, an infection that can be serious and potentially fatal in young children, the elderly, the frail and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled products were not distributed in Texas, the company said.

The products made with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces, which can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the cartons, were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, the company said.

No illnesses have been reported, the company said.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and may return them to the place of purchase for refunds.

Consumers with questions may call (979) 836-7977 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Blue Bell voluntary recalled all of its products in April 2015 after the treats were linked to 10 listeria cases, including three deaths in Kansas. Listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

The company faced intense regulatory scrutiny during cleanup and decontamination.

In July Blue Bell resumed production in Sylacauga, Ala., and started limited retail sales in August.

Production later resumed in Broken Arrow, Okla., and in Breham.