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Blue Bell initiates recall over Listeria risk

Blue Bell is initiating a voluntary recall of select products due to the potential for it to contain Listeria.

The products were produced in its Sylacauga, Ala., plant and made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills. They were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The potential problem was identified after internal testing. Although Blue Bell products in the marketplace have passed the company’s test and hold program, which requires that finished product test negative for Listeria, it’s issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution, it said. 

The recall comes more than a year after Blue Bell products were linked to 10 Listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas, according to reports.

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