Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls products distributed to N.C., Va., and other states due to Listeria concerns

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 18:31:06-04

OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: Blue Bell Ice Cream is seen on shelves of an Overland Park grocery store prior to being removed on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a Listeria contamination. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A Blue Bell Ice Cream third party vendor has voluntarily recalled select products in a Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because of Listeria concerns.

The products were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by Aspen Hills and may contain Listeria monocytogenes.

The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following ten states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Listeria can cause serious sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant woman.

This recall covers the following products:

Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons:

Code Dates

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Blue Bell Cookie Two Step
080418222, 081818224

Blue Bell Ice Cream Pints:
Code Dates

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
081518242, 082418242

The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton.

No illnesses have been reported to date.  Blue Bell identified a potential problem through intensified internal testing and notified Aspen Hills. Aspen Hills then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell.