Blue Bell recalls some ice cream due to Listeria contamination

Henrietta Brewer
October 2, 2016

Blue Bell Ice Cream said it is voluntarily recalling select ice cream products over concerns they could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria. These products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Blue Bell was the only recipient of the cookie dough ingredient produced by Aspen Hills.

Nothing says "summer's over" like another major Blue Bell ice cream recall. A product recall from Blue Bell is nothing new for the company, who recalled all of their products previous year on April 20, 2015 for an extreme listeria food contamination.


Last year, a similar recall forced the company to stop production and issue a massive recall for all its products. Generally healthy people suffer short-term symptoms that may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea and abdominal pain, among others. The bacteria can be deadly for the young, sick or elderly. Blue Bell ice cream was the center of the 10th largest foodborne illness outbreak of 2015.

Krishnamurthy points out that Blue Bell discovered the potential contamination itself this time around through internal testing.

If you have the recalled products, you can return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund.


Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, questioned the method Blue Bell used to evaluate its products before being shipped out.

Blue Bell also said the Texas Department of State Health Services conducted follow-up tests. All in all, by adding the fines and the quantity of merchandise to be withdrew from the market, Blue Bell also faces significant money loss.


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