Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall of Products Produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Due to Possible Health Risk

Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall of Products Produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Due to Possible Health Risk

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Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall of Products Produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Due to Possible Health Risk

Gene Grabowski
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 7, 2015 — Brenham, TX — , Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints which tested positive forListeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line. These items have the potential to be young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriamonocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The products being recalled are 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.
No illnesses have been confirmed to date.
On April 3, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily suspended operations at its Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to thoroughly inspect the facility due to a 3oz. institutional/food service chocolate cup that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was immediately withdrawn from all outlets.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 3oz. vanilla and strawberry institutional/food service cups.
On April 4, 2015, out of an abundance of caution, Blue Bell began working with retail outlets to remove all products produced in Broken Arrow, Okla., 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 U.S. 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, Okla., plant on February 12, 2015. Subsequently Blue Bell is recalling all products made on that one particular production line, from February 12, 2015 – March 27, 2015. These products were produced on that same line and have a code date ending in either S or T.
Recalled products produced in Oklahoma are identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton.
Ice Cream Pints: UPC # 071899-05101 5 Code Date
Ice Cream Banana Pudding pint 021217S
Ice Cream Butter Crunch pint 021917S
Ice Cream Mint Chocolate Chip pint 022017S
Ice Cream Cookies ‘n Cream pint 030317S, 030617S
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla pint 030417S
Ice Cream Dutch Chocolate pint 032317S
Ice Cream Moo-llennium Crunch pint 032417S, 032517S
Sherbet Pint: UPC # 0 71899-19990 8
Rainbow Sherbet pint 021717S, 021817S, 022317S, 030217S

Sherbet Quarts: UPC # 0 71899-18992 3
Orange Sherbet quart 032617S
Mixed Berry Sherbet quart 032717S

3 ounce Tab Lid Cup: Product # 136 *Institutional / food service cup only
Rainbow Sherbet 022417S, 022617S, 022717S
Gold Rim Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-03720 0
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla half gallon 030917T, 031017T, 031117T, 031217T, 031717T, 031717T, 031817T
Brown Rim Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-83548 6
Ice Cream Pistachio Almond half gallon 031317T
Light Half Gallon: UPC # 0 71899-73501 4
Ice Cream Homemade Vanilla Light half gallon 031917T
Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST or go .

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* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
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If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.