September 23, 2016 — Blue Bell has recalled cookie dough ice cream that may be contaminated with Listeria.
Blue Bell discovered the contamination during internal testing and blamed the problem on cookie dough supplied by Aspen Hills, Inc.
However, Aspen Hills said the cookie dough tested negative for Listeria before it was shipped, and only tested positive after it had been at Blue Bell for nearly two months.
No illnesses were reported, but the last outbreak of Listeria infected 10 people in four states and caused three deaths at one hospital in Kansas.
The recalled ice cream products include:
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough — Half -gallons — Code #082618226
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough — Pints — Code #081518242, #082418242
- Blue Bell Cookie Two Step — Half-gallons — Code #080418222, #081818224
The products were recalled in 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The recall came less than two weeks after products returned to grocery stores in Georgia and the Carolinas.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that is nearly impossible to eradicate from food processing facilities because it is so common. It likes to grow in cold and wet environments, thrives at refrigeration temperatures, and survives freezing. It often causes mastitis in cows, which is why unpasteurized dairy products are often contaminated.
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