FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 16, 2015
Consumer Advisory issued for Ice Cream Products from Blue Bell Creameries
Atlanta, Ga. – Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to a consumer advisory related to certain single-serve ice cream products from Blue Bell Creameries, due to possible health risk. The products were distributed nationwide.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials in Kansas, South Carolina and Texas are currently investigating an outbreak of listeriosis potentially linked to certain Blue Bell Creameries single-serve ice cream products. To date, five people in Kansas have been infected and three deaths were reported among these patients. No related illnesses have been reported in Georgia.
Blue Bell Creameries reported removing all potentially affected ice cream products from the market already, by picking it up directly from the store retailers and hospital settings it serves. The company has also shut down production where the products were made. However, consumers may still have these products in their home freezers.
Listeriosis is caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone who experiences fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, or develops fever and chills after eating the ice cream should seek medical care and tell their health care provider about any history of eating the ice cream. Symptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after consumption of the contaminated food.
Blue Bell Creameries has recalled the following products from the marketplace (note, this only includes only the products listed below and does not include Blue Bell products sold in cups, pints or half gallons):
Product Name Product Code
Chocolate Chip Country Cookie SKU # 196
Great Divide Bar SKU #108
Sour Pop Green Apple Bar SKU #221
Cotton Candy Bar SKU #216
Scoops SKU #117
Vanilla Stick Slices SKU #964
Almond Bars SKU #156
6 pack Cotton Candy Bars SKU #245
6 pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars SKU #249
12 pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars* SKU #343
(*Regular Mooo Bars, available at grocery stores, are not subject to recall.)
If any of the listed ice cream products are in freezers, they should be thrown away, even if some of them have been eaten without anyone becoming ill.
This is one of several food safety issues impacting the State of Georgia this month. To view a comprehensive list of food and feed recalls affecting Georgia, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.