Blue Bell: Banana Pudding Ice Cream tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints after the company said they tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The company said the ice cream came from the same plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that has been pegged as the source of other contaminated ice cream products. Houston-area grocery stores such as HEB, Kroger and Sam's Club have already pulled all Blue Bell products from their shelves.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in 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, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women," the company said in a prepared statement.

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.

Below is a list of recalled products identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton.

Ice Cream Pints: UPC # 0 71899-05101 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
3ounceTabLidCup: 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, 031617T, 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 to bluebell.com.
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