The Texas-based ice cream company initiated a recall of its products as a result of Listeria concerns

By Drew Mackie
Updated April 21, 2015 02:00 AM
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Blue Bell Creameries has pulled all of its products from store shelves following concerns of a Listeria outbreak.

On Monday, the Texas-based ice cream company scaled up a recall of its products that began in March after a 3-oz. cup in Kansas tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Now, the entire Blue Bell product line – including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks – is being recalled because the products may contain the bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

The products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, convenience stores and supermarkets throughout 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, Wyoming, as well as international locations.

In a video statement, CEO and president Paul Kruse said he was “heartbroken” over the recall but maintained that “we are going to get it right.”

“[We] apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest-quality ice cream, and we intend to fix this problem,” he said.

A press release from Blue Bell Creameries also noted that the company seeks to elevate safety standards by “expanding our already robust system of daily cleaning and sanitizing equipment,” among other measures.

For more information on the recall, click here.