Blue Bell voluntarily recalls select ice cream products over listeria concerns

(ABC News)--Blue Bell Ice Cream said it is voluntarily recalling select ice cream products over concerns they could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The company said in a statement that chocolate chip cookie dough in the ice cream could potentially contain the Listeria bacteria and cause infection. The dough was made by a third-party supplier called Aspen Hills Inc., Blue Bell said.

"No illnesses have been reported to date, but Blue Bell is taking this step because we remain committed to producing a safe, high-quality, great-tasting ice cream for you and your family to enjoy," the company said in a Facebook post.

The ice cream was distributed in 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Aspen Hills Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The voluntary recall comes about a year after a previous Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream led to the company’s recalling multiple products and temporarily shutting down production.

Listeria is a potentially dangerous bacterial infection that can cause fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea. It can be especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems or pregnant women.

The recall affects the following products.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons: Code Dates

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 082618226

Blue Bell Cookie Two Step 080418222, 081818224

Blue Bell Ice Cream Pints: Code Dates

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 081518242, 082418242

More information on the recall can be found here.


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