HOUSTON (AP) - A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries is blaming for possible listeria contamination of some ice cream says the product tested negative for the pathogen before being sent to the Texas-based company.
In a statement Thursday, Iowa-based Aspen Hills said the "positive listeria results were obtained by Blue Bell only after our product had been in their control for almost two months."
Blue Bell on Wednesday issued a voluntary recall of 1,900 cases of ice cream containing potentially contaminated cookie dough bits produced by Aspen Hills.
The product was distributed to 10 states -- Texas was not one of them.
The company said there have been no reports of illnesses and the recall was done out of an abundance of caution.
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