RECALL! Blue Bell Ice Cream: 3 Kansas Patients Have Died from Listeriosis

UPDATE: This recall now includes  three ounce containers of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream.

Three Kansas residents are dead after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream products that were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Blue Bell Creameries has now issued a recall and reports that the following products have already been removed from the market. This action includes only the products listed below and does not include Blue Bell cups, pints or half gallons. Recalled products are as follows:

RECALLED Product Name Product Code
Chocolate Chip Country Cookie SKU # 196
Great Divide Bar SKU #108
Sour Pop Green Apple Bar SKU #221
Cotton Candy Bar SKU #216
Scoops SKU #117
Vanilla Stick Slices SKU #964
Almond Bars SKU #156
6 pack Cotton Candy Bars SKU #245
6 pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars SKU #249
12 pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars* SKU #343

Blue Bell states: For the first time in 108 years, Blue Bell announces a product recall. One of our machines produced a limited amount of frozen snacks with a potential listeria problem. When this was detected all products produced by this machine were withdrawn.  Our Blue Bell team members recovered all involved products in stores and storage. This withdrawal in no way includes our half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three gallon ice cream or take-home frozen snack novelties. For more information call 979-836-7977, Monday–Friday 8AM – 5PM CST.

The regular Mooo Bars, available at grocery stores, are not subject to recall. Consumers should not eat any of the products listed above.  If these ice cream products are in your freezer, they should be thrown away, even if some of them have been eaten without anyone becoming ill.

Recent laboratory tests of three ice cream products from the Brenham production line – Country Cookie, Great Divide and Scoops – indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause severe illness. The company is calling back additional ice cream items because they were made on the same production line.

Symptoms of Listeriosis can include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting. People with these symptoms should consult a physician. Symptoms typically occur three to 70 days after exposure. The disease affects primarily older people, pregnant women, newborns and people with weakened immune systems.

Listeriosis is required to be reported in Texas. No Texas cases have been reported in connection to any Blue Bell products. In 2014, Texas had 19 confirmed cases of Listeriosis. Texas has had two reported cases so far this year.

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