Grocery Stores Stop Selling Blue Bell Ice Cream from Oklahoma Plant

Grocery Stores Stop Selling Blue Bell Ice Cream from Oklahoma Plant
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April 7, 2015

A number of Texas-area grocery stores have started pulling Blue Bell Creameries ice cream from their shelves.

Kroger, Randall's, Walmart and Sam's Club issued a recall for any products made at an Oklahoma-based facility after officials traced back contaminated ice cream cups to the plant.

H-E-B grocery stores opted to stop selling all Blue Bell products.

The recalls are the latest in response to a listeria outbreak that sickened five patients at a Kansas hospital. Of those, three patients died. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials traced the contaminated ice cream back to a plants in Texas and Oklahoma. The Texas plant had been shut down for several weeks when the recalls were issued.

Last week, Blue Bell announced that operations at the Broken Arrow, Okla. plant have been temporarily suspended while a third-party consultant investigates the cause of the listeria contamination.

Blue Bell issued its own recall for several products, but focused only on those sold in food service or institutional settings, like hospitals. A complete can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The CDC has advised that consumers don't eat ice cream made from the plant, which can be identified by the letters "O," "P," "Q," "R," "S," and "T" following the code date printed on the bottom of the package.