By Harold Bearden
Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 1:04 AM
|Blue Bell ice cream being returned at Goars in Haleyville|
Blue Bell Ice Cream, loved by all, is off the shelves for a while as the Texas company continues it's national recall of all products produced by the company. The recall is for about 8 million gallons of ice cream products produced by the company. The recall was triggered by at least 10 cases of listeria illnesses, including two deaths, traced back to the ice cream from plants in Brenham, Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Listeria is a bacteria usually found in raw milk, poultry and cattle. It primarily affects pregnant women and their newborns, older adults and people with immune systems weakened by cancer, cancer treatments or other serious conditions.
The closest Blue Bell plant is in Sylacauga which employs almost 300 workers producing about 15 million gallons of ice cream each year. Non of the listeria outbreaks have been linked to products made in Sylacauga, however that plant as well as all the Blue Bell plants nationwide have stopped production for cleaning and a training program in the wake of the listeria outbreak linked to its products.
If you have any Blue Bell products, including ice cream in your refrigerator or freezer, you can do one of two things. Dump it out or return it to the store where purchased and receive a refund.
Blue Bell is expected to have all their plants cleaned, inspected and back in operation before the high demand for ice cream this summer.