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Blue Bell expands ice cream recall

By Danielle Haynes
Blue Bell expands ice cream recall
Blue Bell Creameries recalled three varieties of single-serve, institutional/food service ice cream cups after one tested positive for listeria. Photo courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries

BRENHAM, Texas, March 24 (UPI) -- Blue Bell Creameries has added another series of products -- single-serve ice cream cups -- to a list of items recalled due to a listeria outbreak.

The Brenham ice cream company recalled a number of ice cream novelties earlier in the month after the items were linked to listeria monocytogenes infections in five patients at a Kansas hospital.

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Three of the patients died.

All five people were admitted at a Kansas hospital for unrelated conditions and became ill with the infection between January 2014 and January 2015. For the four patients whose food intake was documented, all had consumed milkshakes made with a single-serving Blue Bell ice cream product called Scoops while in the hospital.

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At the time, Blue Bell also recalled Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwiches, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars, six-pack Cotton Candy Bars, six-pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars and 12-pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars.

That list has grown to include 3-ounce single-serve, institutional/food service ice cream cups in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, all with tab lids.

These products are different than the single-serve ice cream cups sold in convenience and grocery stores, a Blue Bell news release said. The recall also doesn't affect ice cream sold in half-gallon, pint, quart or three-gallon containers.

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One chocolate single-serve cup tested by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment was positive for listeria. That cup was produced at the company's Broken Arrow, Okla., plant April 15. Blue Bell said there have been no illnesses to date linked to the cups.

The institutional/food service cups were distributed to facilities 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 and Wyoming through food service accounts.

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