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article imageBlue Bell recalls some ice cream due to Listeria contamination

By Karen Graham     Sep 22, 2016 in Food
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling two flavors of ice cream distributed across 10 Southern states because of concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
While Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries remains under the watchful eye of federal and state investigators related to the deadly multi-state Listeria outbreak that forced a halt in production in late 2015, this recall is slightly different.
Blue Bell quietly began recalling two flavors of Cookie Dough ice cream after "intensified internal testing" revealed the Listeria contamination. Blue Bell notified Garner, Iowa-based Aspen Hills Inc., the supplier of the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces used in the ice cream, about the test results.
Aspen Hills Inc. then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell. According to the notice posted by Blue Bell, the company is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
Specifics of Blue Bell recall
The company is recalling half gallons and pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and half gallons of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step made at its Sylacauga, Alabama, creamery.
The recalled products were distributed in 10 states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Consumers are urged to check their freezers for the recalled products. Do not eat the recalled products.
The products can be identified by the following package information:
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half gallons with the code number 082618226;
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough pints with code numbers 081518242 or 082418242; and
Blue Bell Cookie Two Step half gallons with the code numbers 080418222 or 081818224.
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