Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls Frozen Snack Items Because of Possible Health Risk
Blue Bell continues to work closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in order to resolve this issue.
The FDA found Listeria bacteria in samples of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars and individually packaged SCOOPS. Seven other products made on the same production line were also recalled: individually packaged Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Almond Bar and Vanilla Stick Slices and 6 pk Cotton Candy Bars, 6 pk Sour Pop Green Apple Bars and 12 pk NSA Mooo Bars.
Regular Mooo Bars are not included.
The frozen snack items listed below were distributed 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 via select stores and food service accounts.
Chocolate Chip Country Cookie (5.25 FL OZ)
Great Divide Bar (2.75 FL OZ)
Sour Pop Green Apple Bar (2.5 FL OZ)
Cotton Candy Bar (2.5 FL OZ)
SCOOPS (4.0 FL OZ);
Vanilla Stick Slices (4.0 FL OZ)
Almond Bar (2.75 FL OZ)
6 pk Cotton Candy Bars (6 - 2.5 FL OZ)
6 pk Sour Pop Green Apple Bars (6 - 2.5 FL OZ)
No UPC – SKU #964
The FDA reported that there were three deaths to date associated with the recalled products.
“We are devastated and know that Blue Bell has to be and can be better than this,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “Quality and safety have always been our top priorities. We are deeply saddened and concerned for all those who have been affected.”
The recall began as a result of a routine sampling program by the South Carolina Department of Health which revealed the finished product contained the bacteria. These products were immediately removed from all markets in February as a precaution pending final test results. The results were later verified by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Blue Bell ceased all production and distribution of these products.
This recall in no way includes Blue Bell half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three gallon ice cream or the majority of take-home frozen snack novelties. (see next recall information)
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 click here.
Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall of Products Produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Due to Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 7, 2015 — Brenham, TX — Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line.
These items have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
The products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including 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.
No illnesses have been confirmed to date.
On April 3, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily suspended operations at its Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to thoroughly inspect the facility due to a 3oz. institutional/food service chocolate cup that 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 3oz. vanilla and strawberry institutional/food service cups.
On April 4, 2015, out of an abundance of caution, Blue Bell began working with retail outlets to remove all products produced in Broken Arrow, Okla., from their service area. These products are identified with a code date ending in O, P, Q, R, S or T located on the bottom of the carton and they are a part of the voluntary market withdrawal.
On April 7, 2015, 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, Okla., plant on February 12, 2015. Subsequently Blue Bell is recalling all products made on that one particular production line, from February 12, 2015 – March 27, 2015. These products were produced on that same line and have a code date ending in either S or T.
Recalled products produced in Oklahoma are identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton.
Ice Cream Banana Pudding pint 021217S
Ice Cream Butter Crunch pint 021917S
Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip pint 022017S
Ice Cream Cookies 'n Cream pint 030317S, 030617S
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla pint 030417S
Ice Cream Dutch Chocolate pint 032317S
Ice Cream Moo-llennium Crunch pint 032417S, 032517S
Sherbet Pint: UPC # 0 71899-19990 8
Rainbow Sherbet pint 021717S, 021817S, 022317S, 030217S
Sherbet Quarts: UPC # 0 71899-18992 3
Orange Sherbet quart 032617S
Mixed Berry Sherbet quart 032717S
3 ounce Tab Lid Cup: Product # 136 *Institutional / food service cup only
Rainbow Sherbet 022417S, 022617S, 022717S
Gold Rim Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-03720 0
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla half gallon 030917T, 031017T, 031117T, 031217T, 031717T, 031717T, 031817T
Brown Rim Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-83548 6
Ice Cream Pistachio Almond half gallon 031317T
Light Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-73501 4
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla Light half gallon 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.