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Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its voluntary recall of ice cream containing cookie dough because of worries about listeria contamination, USA Today writes. No illnesses have yet been reported.

According to the story, "Last month, Blue Bell said they were recalling two types of ice cream over concerns that a cookie dough ingredient supplied by third-party supplier Aspen Hills Inc. could contain listeria. On Monday, the Brenham, Texas-based ice cream maker expanded the recall to all products that contain cookie dough." The recalled product was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The USA Today story noted that all Blue Bell ice cream was recalled last year because of listeria contamination connected to 10 illnesses and three deaths; distribution resumed when "test production at its facility in Sylacauga, Ala., came back negative for contamination."
KC's View:
I know that loyalists seem to believe that in the end, all this stuff won't hurt Texas-based Blue Bell. Maybe that's just a sense that Texans have a stronger stomach for this stuff than other people.

But I think the anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that this is a company that may have systemic problems with how it sources and makes its products. And I know that Blue Bell has had enough problems that I (admittedly, not a Texan) cannot imagine ever buying its ice cream. Ever. Again.