For the second time in a month, Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled some of its products due to concerns that they may be contaminated with listeria.
Blue Bell Ice Cream expanded its March 13 recall to include 3-ounce cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream cups. The individual-serving cups with pull-tab tops were distributed to 23 states and are not sold in grocery or convenience stores. The recall does not apply to pints, quarts, half-gallon containers, three-gallon containers or other 3-ounce cups, according to USA Today.
“We are devastated and know that Blue Bell has to be and can be better than this,” Paul Kruse, Blue Bell president and chief executive, said in a statement viewed by USA Today. “Quality and safety have always been our top priorities.”
The Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for listeria on Sunday. The positive test came from a chocolate food service cup taken from a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. The contaminated cup of ice cream was produced on April 15, 2014, in the company’s Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant, USA Today reported.
The first recall was initiated after five people were sickened by listeria after eating Blue Bell ice cream products at a Kansas hospital. Three of the patients died. The symptoms of listeria infection include a high fever, severe headache and gastrointestinal problems and typically begin three to 70 days after the bacteria are consumed, according to USA Today.