Another big Blue Bell ice cream recall disrupts our plans for dessert

Sep 22, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. ET

It's happened again — Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling ice cream due to possible listeria contamination. Unlike the gigantic April 2015 recall that wiped all of its flavors out of store freezers, this one is focused on just one flavor: its no-egg Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

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Why just that one flavor, and is it just a matter of time before the recall spreads to other flavors?

Maybe not this time. The edible cookie dough used in the ice cream comes from a third-party supplier, Aspen Hills, and that's where the contamination was found. Listeria strikes flour again.

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Blue Bell, meanwhile, has enhanced its sanitary food safety screenings and cleaned up its act since the bigger recall last year. It's a bummer that it was still hit with a possible contamination scare not of its making. But thank goodness the company is testing that ice cream more carefully before (fingers crossed) anyone gets sick.

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For more information on this recall, including batch numbers and best-by dates, check out Blue Bell's recall notice.

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