Multiple area grocery stores have pulled Blue Bell ice cream from their shelves amid recent health concerns.
H-E-B, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Albertson’s all have voluntarily pulled Blue Bell’s products.
In an abundance of caution Blue Bell has voluntarily suspended operations of the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant due to a 3 oz. institutional/food service chocolate cup that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
In response to this the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people not eat products produced in that facility. Blue Bell products made at the Oklahoma production facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” following the code date printed on the bottom of the product package.
The recall began after five patients in Wichita, Kan., became ill with listeria while hospitalized. Officials determined at least four drank milkshakes containing Blue Bell ice cream. Three of the patients died.