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article imageBlue Bell Creameries expands recall to include all products

By Karen Graham     Apr 21, 2015 in Food
Brenham - Saying all their products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell Creameries has expanded their recall to include everything currently on the market made at all their plants.
In a press release dated April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas says it is voluntarily recalling all the company's products currently on the market made at all of its facilities. Products include ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The decision to expand the recall was made Monday night after two samples of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream tested positive for L. monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said the company "cannot say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities. The recall affects products in 25 states in the U.S. and international locations as well.
In the press release, Krause said: “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. We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers.
The first recall in the family-owned creamery's 108-year history occurred last month after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was able to link three deaths at a Kansas hospital to a Blue Bell product. The recall was reported in Digital Journal March 15, 2015. Five other patients were identified in kansas and Texas.
The illness was tracked to production lines in Brenham, Texas and later, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. This latest recall is due to findings from an enhanced testing system instituted by Blue Bell after its first recall. The latest tests revealed the bacteria in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream made between March 17, 2015, and March 27, 2015.
Blue Bell ice cream is also implementing additional safety and testing features at all of its facilities, including daily samples being sent for testing and new more ambitious cleaning and sanitizing protocols. For more information, consumers with questions may call 1-866-608-3940 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST or go to bluebell.com.
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