Blue Bell Ice Cream is Being Recalled Again Due To Listeria
Yesterday, Blue Bell Ice Cream announced that it was issuing a recall for certain batches of ice cream that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Unlike the last time, though, this recall only affects a small amount of the Blue Bell on store shelves and only in certain areas. The recall alert was posted on the Blue Bell Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
The recall is due to a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient that was supplied to Blue Bell through Aspen Hills, Inc. The cookie dough was used in the Sylacauga, Alabama, plant to produce different sized varieties of the new Cookie Two Step and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors.
As of now, the recalled batches were only sent to ten states and if you see the ice cream on the shelf in Texas you should be safe. The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
So far, no illnesses have been reported. Blue Bell issued the recall proactively after internal testing saw a potential problem. They notified Aspen Hills who issued the recall of all the ingredients that they had supplied. Blue Bell says there was no listeria found in any of their ice cream so far, but issued the recall out of caution anyway.
The recall covers these products
If you currently have any of the recalled ice cream, they advise you not to eat it and to return it to the place you made the purchase for a full refund. They also advise anyone with questions to call them at 979-836-7977, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. CST. The full press release for the recall can be found at Bluebell.com.