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Blue Bell recalls all cookie dough ice cream

Blue Bell is recalling all products containing cookie dough supplied by Aspen Hills, a supplier in Iowa, that issued its own recall over listeria concerns.

Blue Bell Creameries announced in a news release late Monday night that it is voluntarily recalling all of its ice creams that contain cookie dough “out of an abundance of caution.” Customers should not eat the recalled products and return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, the news release said.

The news comes a day after Aspen Hills said it was recalling its cookie dough sold to Blue Bell and other food companies because it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria. The company said it found lapses in its food safety system — such as inadequate documentation and failure to wear proper uniforms.

Last month, Blue Bell recalled cookie dough ice cream in several states outside of Texas after tests at its facilities found problems with the cookie dough from Aspen Hills. At that time, Aspen Hills said its product had tested negative for listeria before it was shipped to Blue Bell.

The new recall involves half-gallons and pints of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Blue Bell Cookie Two Step sold to retailers and three-gallon packages of Blue Bell Blue Monster, Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie and Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough sold to food-service clients.

Last year, Blue Bell had to shut down all its factories after its ice cream was linked to three deaths and several cases of listeriosis in four states. But it reopened after Fort Worth billionaire Sid Bass agreed to invest $125 million in the company in July 2015, allowing the company to acquire new equipment.

Blue Bell ice cream began returning to store shelves last fall.

This article includes material from Star-Telegram archives and The Associated Press.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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