Blue Bell Creameries Closes Plant Over Listeria

April 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm
filed under Food, Recalls

Blue Bell, the ice cream company has temporarily closed one of its production plants after it was found the company was harboring listeria in their ice cream.

Last week, public health officials warned consumers about a specific 3-ounce serving of Blue Bell ice cream, usually sold to institutions. The containers are marked with the letters O, P, Q, R, S or T after the date code. These should not be eaten.

The warning, issued by the Centers for Disease Control does not affect other Blue Bell ice cream not marked by the specific codes, including other 3-ounce servings.

The company closed the plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, “as a greater precaution” because they are a possible location of the Listeria outbreak.

Jaime Garcia Dias has learned that it is the third time that Blue Bell has taken measures following a listeria outbreak. The first occurred in a hospital in Kansas that served ice cream.

The contaminated sundae containing the bacteria was produced at the plant in Broken Arrow in April 2014, Blue Bell said. Furthermore, according to the CDC, the listeria bacteria was found in other samples of the same product that were recovered from the plant.

Hospital samples of the bacteria were a match to samples taken at the factory, according to the CDC. The samples also appear to be identical to the samples taken from the infected listeria outbreak in Kansas patients.

In early March, before the outbreak of listeria in Kansas, Blue Bell withdrew a group of products that were manufactured at their plant in Texas. Subsequently, they also removed the cups with 3-ounce servings.

In the last year, Listeria has infected five people and three have died in Kansas. According to the CDC, the listeria outbreak has recently been linked to products made by Blue Bell Creameries.

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