Blue Bell Issues Another Recall Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Blue Bell Ice Cream has issued a recall of 3 oz. institutional and food service ice cream cups with pull tabs due to possible Listeria contamination.
The items listed below are part of the latest recall:
- Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ), No UPC - SKU #453
- Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ), No UPC - SKU #452
- Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ), No UPC – SKU #451
In a press release, Blue Bell representatives said the recalled cups are not sold in retail outlets such as supermarkets and convenience stores. They also stressed that the recall does not include Blue Bell Ice Cream half gallons, pints, quarts, 3 gallons or other 3 oz. cups.
The company issued the recall Monday after the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a food service cup recovered from a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. The cup was produced in the company's Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plant on April 15, 2014.
Two weeks ago, Blue Bell issued a recall of items produced in its Brenham, Texas facility due the possibility of Listeria contamination. A full list of those products can be seen here.
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.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterial organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.