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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 institutional/food service chocolate cup that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was immediately withdrawn from all outlets.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 Pints: UPC # 071899-05101 5
|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.