Blue Bell Creameries Inc., working to contain the spread of listeria after three people died from the bacterial disease, expanded a product recall to include everything it makes.
Following an earlier recall of some ice cream, listeria has been found in several different places and plants, the Brenham, Texas-based company said. The affected products — including ice cream, frozen yogurt and other snacks — were distributed to retail outlets in 23 U.S. states, including California, Texas, Florida and Illinois, as well as international locations.
“At this point, we cannot say with certainty how listeria was introduced to our facilities and so we have taken this unprecedented step,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Kruse said in a statement on the family-owned company’s website. “We are heartbroken about this situation.”
The decision was made after the company’s sampling program showed that chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream manufactured March 17 and March 27 contained the bacteria. Blue Bell has now received several positive tests for listeria in different places and plants.