Blue Bell Initiates Nationwide Recall of All Products

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The United Family shared this statement following the recent Blue Bell Ice Cream recall: 

“On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Ice Cream issued a voluntary recall of all products produced at all facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks. As such, The United Family of stores immediately removed all Blue Bell products from shelves at its store banners, including United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express. The CDC recommends consumers check their freezer for any Blue Bell products and either throw them out or return them to the store. United Family guests who recently purchased Blue Bell products may return them for a full refund. As always, food safety and the health of our guests remain a top priority.”  – Mary Myers, Communications Manager for The United Family

(NBC 5 News) Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products “have the potential to be contaminated,” according to a statement from the company.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday:
“We encourage everyone to check their freezers for any Blue Bell brand products and throw them away or return them for a refund where they were purchased. You shouldn’t eat, sell or serve any Blue Bell products, regardless of where they were produced or their expiration date.”

Blue Bell operates three plants — Brenham and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Sylacauga, Alabama — and the Oklahoma plant was closed last month after tests showed listeria contamination there.

A Blue Bell spokesman told NBC 5 the company thought the bacteria was isolated at the Oklahoma plant, but these new tests came back positive at the Brenham plant.
Paul Kruse, president and CEO of Blue Bell, said in a video statement Monday night that the company “can’t say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line.

“We are heartbroken over this situation and apologize to all our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been dedicated to making the highest quality ice cream we possibly could and we’re committed to fixing the problem,” he said. “Ice cream is a joy and a pleasure to eat. It certainly is for me and I do it everyday and it should never be a cause for concern. And for that, we do apologize and we are going to get it right.”

Texas grocery stores, including Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Randalls and Kroger, began pulling all Blue Bell ice cream products Monday.
The first recall in the family-owned creamery’s 108-year history was issued last month after the CDC linked ice cream contaminated with listeria to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis.

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