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As a result of the recent precautionary recall of all Blue Bell Ice Cream products nationwide, the Newton County School System (NCSS) has made arrangements to order replacement ice cream from Mayfield for the remainder of the school year. According to NCSS Director of Operations, Ms. Jan Loomans, the new products should be delivered to schools and ready for sale by Thursday, April 30.

“All of the products we are purchasing from Mayfield will meet Smart Snacks guidelines,” said Loomans. “We hope to have them ready for sale by the end of next week.”

Loomans noted that prices for the ice cream are $0.60 and $1.00 for elementary students and $0.60, $1.00, and $1.15 for middle and high school students, depending on the specific product purchased.

According to Loomans, all Blue Bell products were removed from school cafeterias on Tuesday, April 21 after receiving notification from the company about the complete recall due to the presence of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in some products. Following instructions from Blue Bell, NCSS cafeteria staff destroyed all ice cream products. NCSS will receive a full credit on the items purchased from Blue Bell.

“It’s important to note that we have not received any complaints about students in Newton County receiving contaminated ice cream products,” said Loomans. “Although there have only been reports of positive tests for Listeria in Kansas and Texas, Blue Bell notified us this week that they were committed to doing the right thing by pulling all of their products off the market until they were confident that they are safe for consumption.”

As a result of these events, the Newton County Board of Education voted at their Tuesday, April 21 monthly meeting to table a recommendation to purchase ice cream and related products for the 2015-2016 school year from Blue Bell as part of an annual renewable contract. Since then, Blue Bell has informed Newton County School System that the company would be unable to provide ice cream to school systems next year.

“Our procurement staff will soon issue a bid for ice cream for the 2015-2016 school year,” said Loomans. “We expect to take that item to the school board for approval in June.”

For more information, contact Ms. Jan Loomans at loomans.jan@newton.k12.ga.us.

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