Three deaths likely from Blue Bell ice cream prompts CDC recall notice

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 20:14:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Local, state and federal agencies are investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) linked to certain Blue Bell brand ice cream products, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Five people were infected with one of four strains of Listeria monocytogenes that were reported and traced to a hospital in Kansas where each individual ate a Blue Bell brand ice cream product called “Scoops.”

Further, isolated testing of Blue Bell products in South Carolina and Texas yielded more evidence of listeriosis. The Blue Bell brand ice cream products with tests showing Listeria monocytogenes were ice cream Scoops, Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwiches, and Great Divide Bars. Blue Bell Creameries reported that these products were removed from the market in March 2015.

However, said the CDC, contaminated ice cream products may still be in the freezers of consumers, institutions, and retailers.

Consumers should check their freezers for any of these products and throw them away, even if some of the product has been eaten and no one has become ill. These products can have a shelf-life of up to 2 years.

Product Name Product Code
Chocolate Chip Country Cookie SKU # 196
Great Divide Bar SKU #108
Sour Pop Green Apple Bar SKU #221
Cotton Candy Bar SKU #216
Scoops SKU #117
Vanilla Stick Slices SKU #964
Almond Bars SKU #156
6 Pk Cotton Candy Bars SKU #245
6 Pk Sour Pop Green Apple Bars SKU #249
12 Pk No Sugar Added Mooo Bars SKU #343