Blue Bell, the ice cream giant, has had its share of troubles in the past few years with massive recalls of various ice cream products.
In 2015, the nation’s third largest ice cream maker recalled a slew of its products when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked its desserts to 10 infections, including three deaths. The company was forced to shut down production in April, 2015 and recall all of its products from 23 states.
The fallout from the incident was significant as, among other things, Blue Bell had found listeria — the bacteria that was the cause of the outbreak — in its plant some two years earlier but had failed to solve the issue. Not only that, but contamination was actually sickening people going back to 2010.
In a statement posted to its website, Blue Bell now says that it is once again recalling its product. Here are 5 important facts that you need to know:
1. So far, the recall only involves Blue Bell’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream due to potential Listeria contamination.
2. According to Blue Bell, the products in question were produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama plant, with the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by one of its suppliers, Aspen Hills, Inc.
3. The recall covers the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor both in the pint and half gallon sizes, and Two Step products in the half gallon size only.
4. Blue Bell claims that unlike the 2015 recall, this recall does not involve contamination at any of its production facilities. The contamination is from the ingredient that was supplied to Blue Bell by Aspen Hills, which is a third party supplier. That is according to the company’s statement:
“This voluntary recall does not affect our production facilities. The ingredient was produced and supplied to us from a third-party supplier, Aspen Hills. 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.”
5. The ice cream that is subject to recall — meaning it was produced with the Listeria contaminated ingredient — was distributed to ten states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.