Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, has announced that it is voluntarily recalling all products currently on the market from all of its production facilities because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yoghurt, sherbet and frozen snack products distributed to retail outlets and food service customers in 23 US states. It follows earlier, more limited recalls initiated after the company’s products were linked to an outbreak of listeriosis that affected at least eight hospital patients in Kansas and Texas between 2011 and January 2015.
The recall was expanded after enhanced sampling introduced by the company revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half-gallon packs produced on 17 and 27 March 2015 tested positive for Listeria. “We’re committed to doing the 100 per cent 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,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president.
An investigation into the source of contamination is continuing and Blue Bell has introduced a “test and hold” product release system at all of its facilities. The company is also implementing additional safety procedures including improved cleaning and sanitizing and an expanded sampling and testing programme.
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