Blue Bell Creamery is once again worried about potential listeria contamination. The company issued a voluntary recall on Wednesday for two if its ice cream flavors that contain edible cookie dough.
While only a small percentage of people who ingest foods contaminated with Listeria develop symptoms or fall ill, those that are effected can develop potentially serious and sometimes fatal infections. Listeria is especially a concern for young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection is also a huge concern for pregnant women as it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
This voluntary recall is for products only with the chocolate chip cookie dough distributed in the following ten states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
It 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.
While the press release from Blue Bell has stated that no one has reported any illnesses, if you take a look at their Twitter feed, you’ll see quite a few people have complained about eating one of these recalled flavors and then feeling ill the next day. However, whether it’s due to Listeria contamination has yet to be verified.
This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
This isn’t the first time that Blue Bell has faced issues concerning Listeria. Last year the company had to halt production of all ice creams due to a listeria outbreak that was linked to their products. Between the shutdown and long idle time where Blue Bell wasn’t able to produce any ice cream, the company had to issue massive layoffs for the first time in the company’s 108-year history.
It looked like they turned a page when their factory in Alabama was cleared to resume production and they brought on Sid Bass, a billionaire businessman, to become a company partner.
It appears that because of last year’s Listeria outbreak, Blue Bell was able to identify a potential problem with the batches of ice cream due to adopting stricter internal testing.
Blue Bell is asking customers in possession of a recalled product to return it to its place of purchase. Questions can be directed to 979-836-7977, which is operated Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm CST.