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article imagePublic health risk causes Blue Bell to expand ice cream recall

By Karen Graham     Apr 8, 2015 in Food
Brenham - In a news release on April 7, 2015, Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has announced it is expanding the recall of products that were produced at its Broken Arrow, Okla. facility because of possible Listeria contamination.
Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday the expanded recall includes Banana Pudding ice cream and six other products made on the same line. The plant was closed down last week "under an abundance of caution," say company officials.
The additional ice cream flavors include; butter crunch, mint chocolate chip, cookies 'n cream, homemade vanilla, dutch chocolate and moo-ilennium crunch. The company is also recalling 3 oz. cups, pints and quarts of sherbert, in flavors such as rainbow, orange, and mixed berry, according to cnn.money.
The products from the Broken Arrow plant were 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, and Wyoming.
The recalled products made at the Broken Arrow plant can be identified by the product code date found on the bottom of the carton. For a full list of the code dates, go HERE.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified Blue Bell Creameries on April 7 that Listeria monocytogenes was identified in a pint of Banana Pudding ice cream produced at the Oklahoma plant. Blue Bell says the products "have the potential to be harmful to young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems." Even healthy adults can have some symptoms, including fever, headache, and diarrhea,
Consumers who have purchased any of the items in question are urged to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further information, consumers may call: (979) 836-7977, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT or go to bluebell.com.
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