Blue Bell is expanding its recall of all cookie dough based ice cream flavors over listeria concerns.
In September, the brand revealed that a third-party cookie dough product used in their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookie Two Step flavors may have been contaminated with listeria. The decision made headlines, as it came only months after Blue Bell resumed full shipments of their ice creams after shutting down production last year. The company’s plants were temporarily shuttered after dozens were sickened from listeria found in their ice creams.
Now, Blue Bell is recalling all 3-gallon containers of Blue Monster, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Krazy Kookie Dough that were produced between Feb. 2 and Sept. 7. According to the company, the choice to expand their recall is mostly a precautionary step.
“There’s no evidence of any such exposure – to the contrary, our lab results for all of our products are negative for L-mono and we have no reports of any illness attributable to this product – but we are acting out of an abundance of caution because a thorough review of our manufacturing environment has revealed instances where we may not have met our food safety standards,” the company said in a press release.
According to the Houston Chronicle, a preliminary product test found listeria present in a batch of undistributed ice cream. Three days later, another test was positive for the bacteria, leading the company to issue the recall. The incident is currently under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.