Blue Bell, makers of gourmet ice cream, announced Monday that it would recall all of its products. The announcement came as the Texas-based creamery found Listeria in yet another product after finding the bacteria in some of its frozen treats in early March.
In April, health officials confirmed that three people made ill by Listeria in 2014 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats had been served.
The recalled Blue Bell products had been distributed to grocery and convenience stores in 23 U.S. states and some international retailers.
In a written statement late Monday, Blue Bell said it was voluntarily recalling all products, including “ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”
“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,” Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president said in the statement. “We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. ... We want enjoying our ice cream to be a source of joy and pleasure, never a cause for concern, so we are committed to getting this right.”