On Thursday, September 22nd, Blue Bell announced some of its ice cream products might have been contaminated with Listeria bacteria, resulting in a voluntary recall. The two products that were affected are Egg Cookie Dough and Cookie Two Step.
The contaminated products were produced in the company’s Sylacauga, Alabama plant while using a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient provided by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills. According to a statement by Blue Bell, no illnesses have been reported so far. These products undergo rigorous testing that requires samples of negative tests before they can be marketed and sold; however, the third party supplier may be responsible for the “test and hold” method to ensure product safety.
The products were distributed in the following states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
The Listeria bacteria (known scientifically as Listeria monocytogeneses) can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and individuals with weak immune systems. This bacteria is extremely dangerous to pregnant women, causing miscarriages and still birth. Healthy people affected by it can suffer from fever and nausea.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Blue Bell has recalled their products. In early 2015, the company had a Listeria outbreak and ceased production until Sid Bass (oil millionaire) helped resume production late last year.
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