Florida supermarkets have removed tainted Blue Bell products after five patients in a Kansas hospital developed Listeria monocytogenes symptoms traced back to Blue Bell’s “Scoops.” While hospitalized for unrelated illnesses, the patients were given milkshakes with the contaminated ice cream, which is linked to the deaths of three of the patients.
Listeriosis is an invasive infection that primarily affects people with weak immune systems, newborns, older adults, and pregnant women. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal issues that can cause blood stream infections, central nervous system infections, and even death.
This is Blue Bell’s first recall in 108 years. The company traced the contamination issue back to a machine in the production department. The ice cream has a two year shelf life and health officials are warning consumers to check their freezers for the possible contaminated ice cream products.
The recalled items are:
- 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 (not including regular Mooo Bars)- SKU #343
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Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products after listeriosis was found in chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Multiple plants in different locations have tested positive for Listeria. The company is not sure how the bacteria came into the manufacturing line. The company is implementing a “test and hold” policy to test the products and hold them until the test reveals the products are not contaminated. Consumers should return the recalled products to the place of purchase for a full refund.