Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is calling back all of its products due to a life-threatening bacterial infection.
The company made this decision after more ice cream samples tested positive for Listeria. The result of findings from an enhanced sampling program revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17th and March 27th contained the bacteria.
Blue Bell has now had several positive tests for Listeria in different places and plants, and as previously reported, five patients were treated in Kansas and three in Texas after testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
In a statement issued on Monday, Blue Bell said it is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious, and sometimes fatal infections, in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The recalled products include ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks. These products are distributed to retail outlets, food service accounts, convenience stores, and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and international locations.
Blue Bell said that it is implementing a procedure called test and hold for all products made at all of its manufacturing facilities. All of the company’s products will be tested first and held for release to the market only after the tests show they are safe.
“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse stated.
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