Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall ExpandedMar 31, 2015
Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream has expanded its recent product recall to include 3-ounce single serving cups distributed in nearly half the country because of possible bacterial contamination.
The original recall came after three patients at a Kansas hospital died after eating Blue Bell ice cream tainted with listeria. The individual-serving cups with pull-tab tops in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla were distributed to food-service accounts in 23 states but are not sold in convenience stores or supermarkets, Blue Bell officials said, according to USA Today. The new recall expands the list of 10 ice-cream products recalled on March 13. In a statement, Paul Kruse, Blue Bell president and chief executive, said, "We are devastated and know that Blue Bell has to be and can be better than this." "Quality and safety have always been our top priorities," Kruse said.
On Sunday, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported a positive test for listeria on a chocolate food service cup recovered from a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. This cup was produced April 15, 2014, in the company's Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plant, USA Today reports.
Listeriosis is caused by consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. According to the CDC, at least 90 percent of people who get Listeria infections are in a higher risk group. Healthy children and adults occasionally get infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.
Listeria bacteria can cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Symptoms can begin anywhere from three to 70 days after the bacteria is ingested.
The recalled 3-oz. ice cream cups were distributed 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 via food service accounts. The recalled ice cream cups are: Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 fl. oz, SK.U #453), Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 fl. oz., SKU #452), and Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 fl. oz, SKU #451) According to Blue Bell, there have been no reported illnesses attributed to the ice cream cups to date. The recall does not include half gallons, pints, quarts, 3-gallon size containers, or other flavors of the 3-oz. cups.
The first recall included ice cream made on one production line in Brenham, Texas. The recall was initiated after five patients who ate Blue Bell ice cream at a Kansas hospital were sickened over a 13-month period. Three of them died, USA Today reports. Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.