Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily recalling all of its products due to a potential Listeria contamination.
The recall comes weeks after listeria bacteria was found in Blue Bell’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream produced on March 17, 2015, according to the company’s press release.
The bacteria was traced to two production lines in Brenham, Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, NBC News reported. The recall covers retail outlets in 23 US states and internationally.
“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe,” Fox31 Denver quoted Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president as saying.
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that primarily affects elderly, pregnant women, newborns and people with weak immune systems. Its symptoms include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal disorders.
The recall comes two weeks after an earlier smaller recall which followed the deaths from listeriosis of three people at a Kansas hospital who authorities believe may have gotten the illness after eating Blue Bell products.