LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin based Brookshire Brothers has pulled Blue Bell products from their shelves after Blue Bell announced a voluntary recall of all products.
Brookshire Brothers spokesperson Sally Alvis confirmed the announcement Monday night around 10 p.m.
"On behalf of Brookshire Brothers and our family of brands we are complying with the Blue Bell recall," Alvis said. "We began moving products from our shelves as soon as Blue Bell notified us of the recall. Anyone with affected Blue Bell products, please bring to a Brookshire Brothers store with a receipt for a full refund."
Blue Bell made a statement Monday night as well.
“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 were distributed at stores 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 outside the United States.
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes. It mainly affects the elderly, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, healthy people can also be impacted.
Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever and muscle aches.
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