Blue Bell Ice Cream issued a voluntary recall of all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. These products include ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks.

Listeria causes serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria is especially harmful if contracted by pregnant women.

“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,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest quality ice cream and we intend to fix this problem. 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.”

The products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and international locations.

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Last month, five deaths in Kansas were linked to listeriosis, believed to be contracted from consuming a Blue Bell brand ice cream product.

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