Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products currently on the market, the company announced in a press release issued last night.
Blue Bell initially began recalling individual products last month after discovering the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in some of its products.
The latest voluntary recall comes after Blue Bell learned Monday that Listeria monocytogenes was found in an additional half-gallon of ice cream in its factory in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered:
While we initially believed this situation was isolated to one machine in one room, we now know that was wrong. We need to know more to be completely confident that our products are safe for our customers.
The recall affects ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen products, and the company is asking consumers to return all Blue Bell products. Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president said, “We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that Listeriosis, the “rare but serious illness” caused by the Listeria bacteria, can cause symptoms like fever, chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Symptoms can appear as late as a few weeks after consumption of contaminated food.
Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups, which include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, people with certain chronic medical conditions like cancer, and babies in the womb.
Eight people, all adults, have been sickened after consuming Blue Bell products, according to the FDA. Three people, all in Kansas, have died. The agency’s statement is unclear about whether the three deaths are in addition to or included among the eight cases of illnesses.
A Blue Bell statement about the company’s March 13 recall said it was Blue Bell’s first recall in 108 years. Since then, two other recalls have been issued, and the company suspended operations at its factory in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
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