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Schools respond to Blue Bell recall
Hall, Gainesville schools already don't carry products; others stop serving them
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With this week’s voluntary recall of all Blue Bell Creameries products, some schools across Georgia faced a choice about removing items from the cafeteria line. But in Hall County and Gainesville, no such dairy quandary exists.

The Texas-based company issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after some samples tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The state allowed local districts to decide whether to remove items.

The Hall County and Gainesville City school systems, however, don’t serve Blue Bell, according to officials there.

Jackson County Schools students are losing their frozen treats, though. Jackson is no longer offering its Blue Bell supplemental dessert option in its lunchrooms after the recall, said Debra Morris, director of school nutrition for the district.

“We have discontinued serving all Blue Bell products in our schools until further notice,” she said. “Blue Bell is picking up all of their product from our buildings and issuing a credit for merchandise.”

Morris said it would be difficult to switch to another frozen dessert provider with such short notice.

“We are currently exploring our options,” she said.

Barrow County Schools has also discontinued serving Blue Bell ice cream, with Superintendent Chris McMichael saying the Barrow schools’ Blue Bell products had already been picked up by the company.

Matt Cardoza, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education, said Tuesday that school districts are not required to pull the products.

But some of the state’s largest school systems say they are doing so. Representatives for some of those systems — including DeKalb, Cobb and Cherokee counties — say they’ve stopped serving Blue Bell ice cream after the voluntary recall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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