Poor Blue Bell. Once again, the company must issue a recall based on potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
It was about a year ago now that the company had problems with an outbreak involving the same contaminant. Now, according to a press release, they are issuing a voluntary recall to be on the safe side after learning that a third party, Aspen Hills, Inc., supplied a cookie dough ingredient that was potentially hazardous.
The recall is only for the cookie dough and Cookie Two Step flavors of Blue Bell ice cream that comes from the company’s Sylacauga, Alabama, location. This means that the following states might be affected: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Whew. That’s a long list.
Delish reports that the company has not received any reports of sickness, and that most healthy individuals probably won’t have noticeable symptoms. It is among the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, the very young and expectant mothers that there is the most cause for concern.
Ingesting the contaminant can cause Listeria, a condition in which short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea can occur. However, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, and can even cause death in severe cases.
If you have a recalled item, please don’t eat it! Even if you are healthy it’s probably better not to take any chances. Instead, you can take it back to where you bought it and get a full refund. A refund is significantly better than headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Check the codes below to see if you have a contaminated item.
The bottom of your ice cream carton should have a code. If it matches any of those below, you’ll know it’s part of the recall:
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, half gallon: Code 082618226
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, pint: Codes 081518242, 082418242
Blue Bell Cookie Two Step, half gallon: Codes 080418222, 081818224
You can call Blue Bell with any questions if you feel unsure, too. The number is 979-836-7977, and they’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central.