Blue Bell Ice Cream Expands Recall
Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla with tab lids because they have the potential to become contaminated with Listeria.
According to the FDA, listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
This recall in no way includes Blue Bell Ice Cream half gallons, pints, quarts, 3 gallons or other 3 oz. cups. There have been no reported illnesses to date on these cups.
In addition to the ice cream cups, the following items have been pulled from store shelves, and consumers are advised to throw these products away if they have them in their homes.
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookie
- Great Divide Bar
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bar
- Cotton Candy Bar
- Vanilla Stick Slices
- Almond Bar
- No Sugar Added Mooo Bar (regular Mooo Bars are not included)
The FDA issued the advisory Friday after it was discovered that these products were served to five Listeria patients in Kansas, three of whom died. Tests of samples by the Texas Department of Health Services and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control traced the contamination back to Blue Bell’s facility in Brenham. Production at that creamery has been halted pending an investigation.
Consumers with questions can contact the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or www.fda.gov.