BRENHAM, TEXAS — Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall of select ice cream products produced in its Sylacauga, Ala., plant. The products contain chocolate chip cookie dough pieces provided by a third-party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc., and have the potential to contain Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Blue Bell identified the potential problem through internal testing and notified Aspen Hills, which then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell.
“Although our products in the marketplace have passed our test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution,” Blue Bell said.
The products recalled include half gallons and pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and half gallons of Cookie Two Step ice cream that bear specific code dates on the bottom of the cartons. The products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.Last year, Blue Bell was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, which led to the company recalling all products from all plants in April 2015. Blue Bell has since begun reintroducing certain flavors back into the marketplace.