Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling select products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant due to Listeria concerns.
According to Blue Bell, the recall is because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc.
Louisiana is one of 10 states where the ice cream was delivered.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or 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 covers 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|
The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton. The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers should not eat the recalled products and are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The recall comes after Blue Bell had to stop production and distribution of its ice cream to 25 states in April because of the same bacteria. There were 10 cases of Listeria reported in four states. Three people living in Kansas later died.