Blue Bell expands recall after pint tests positive for listeria

Blue Bell announces first flavor to return to shelves. (BlueBell.com)

BRENHAM, Texas (KXAN) — Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall of products that were produced in its Broken Arrow, Okla., plant. Officials say a pint of Banana Pudding Ice Cream and additional products manufactured on the same line tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The illness typically affects young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The listeria monocytogenes infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in 23 states, including Texas.

Timeline

  • On April 3, Blue Bell voluntarily suspended operations at its Broken Arrow plant to thoroughly inspect the facility after a 3 oz. chocolate cup tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was immediately withdrawn from all outlets. That product was only available to Blue Bell’s food service and institutional accounts and was recalled along with 3 oz. vanilla and strawberry cups.
  • On April 4, Blue Bell began working with retail outlets to remove all products produced in Broken Arrow.
  • On April 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified Blue Bell that the Banana Pudding Ice Cream pint tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. This pint was produced in the Broken Arrow plant on Feb. 12. Blue Bell is now recalling all products made on that one particular production line, from Feb. 12 through March 27.

Recalled products produced in Oklahoma are identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton:

Ice Cream Pints: UPC #0 71899-05101 5 Code Date:
Ice Cream Banana Pudding 021217S
Ice Cream Butter Crunch 021917S
Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip 022017S
Ice Cream Cookies ‘n Cream 030317S, 030617S
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla 030417S
Ice Cream Dutch Chocolate 032317S
Ice Cream Moo-llennium Crunch 032417S, 032517S

 

Sherbet Pint: UPC #0 71899-199990 8 Code Date:
Rainbow Sherbet 021717S, 021818S, 022317S, 030217S

 

Sherbet Quarts: UPC #0 71899-18992 3 Code Date:
Orange Sherbet 032617S
Mixed Berry Sherbet 032717S

 

Gold Rim Half Gallon: UPC #0 71899-03720 0 Code Date:
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla 030917T, 031017T, 031117T, 031217T, 031617T
031717T, 031817T

 

Brown Rim Half Gallon: #0 71899-83548 6 Code Date:
Ice Cream Pistachio Almond 031717T

 

Light Half Gallon: UPC #0 71899-73501 4 Code Date:
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla Light 031917T

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST or go to bluebell.com.

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