Blue Bell Creameries Recall Expands [US]

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US/Silver Spring: FDA LogoBlue Bell Creameries expands its existing recall for various Dessert Products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, a serious health hazard. FDA:

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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Desserts are subject to this recall:

  • Ice Cream Pints: UPC: 0-71899-05101-5
    • Ice Cream Banana Pudding pint; date code: 021217S
    • Ice Cream Butter Crunch pint; date code: 021917S
    • Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip pint; date code: 022017S
    • Ice Cream Cookies ‘n Cream pint; date codes: 030317S and 030617S
    • Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla pint; date code: 030417S
    • Ice Cream Dutch Chocolate pint; date code: 032317S
    • Ice Cream Moo-llennium Crunch pint; date code: 032417S, 032517S
  • Sherbet Pint: UPC: 0-71899-19990-8
    • Rainbow Sherbet pint; date codes: 021717S, 021817S, 022317S, 030217S
  • Sherbet Quarts: UPC: 0-71899-18992-3
    • Orange Sherbet quart; date code: 032617S
    • Mixed Berry Sherbet quart; date code: 032717S
  • Three (3) ounce Tab Lid Cup: Product # 136 *Institutional / food service cup only
    • Rainbow Sherbet; date codes: 022417S, 022617S, 022717S
  • Gold Rim Half Gallon: UPC: 0-71899-03720-0
    • Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla half gallon; date codes: 030917T, 031017T, 031117T, 031217T, 031717T, 031717T and 031817T
  • Brown Rim Half Gallon: UPC: 0-71899-83548-6
    • Ice Cream Pistachio Almond half gallon; date code: 031317T
  • Light Half Gallon: UPC: 0-71899-73501-4
    • Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla Light half gallon; date code: 031917T

According to the FDA, the Desserts being recalled were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

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Historical Background:
On April 3, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries suspended operations at its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant to inspect the facility due to a three (3) ounce Institutional/Food Service Chocolate Cup that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was immediately withdrawn from all outlets. That product was only available to Blue Bell’s food service and institutional accounts and was recalled along with 3 ounce vanilla and strawberry institutional/food service cups.

On April 4, 2015, Blue Bell began working with retail outlets to remove all products produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, from their service area. These products are identified with a code date ending in “O”, “P”, “Q”, “R”, “S” or “T” located on the bottom of the carton and they are a part of the voluntary market withdrawal.

On April 7, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration notified Blue Bell that the Banana Pudding Ice Cream pint tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. This pint was produced in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant on February 12, 2015. Subsequently Blue Bell recalled all products made on that one particular production line, from February 12, 2015 to March 27, 2015. These products were produced on that same line and have a code date ending in either “S” or “T”.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession ay of the recalled Desserts, please do not consume them. Instead, kindly return the product to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

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Recalls Direct RIN: 5115-2015
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