press release

April 21, 2015

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – Following a recall by Blue Bell Ice Cream, MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale all Blue Bell ice cream products due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Blue Bell Gold Rim Ice Cream, 16 oz., UPC 7189905101; All flavors & All Lot Codes
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream, 64 oz., UPC 7189983548; All flavors, varieties & lot codes
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream, 64 oz., UPC 7189943555; All flavors, varieties & lot codes
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream, 64 oz., UPC 7189903720; All flavors, varieties & lot codes

Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to MARTIN’S for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Blue Bell at 866- 608-3940. In addition customers may call MARTIN’S Customer Service at 1-888-814- 4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the MARTIN’S website.


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.