Blue Bell ice cream recall: Listeria not cause of deaths

Health department: Listeria may be contributing factor

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Officials said Friday  that three people died after developing a foodborne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. (Source:

The tainted products were linked to the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas.  The deaths led to the first product recall in the Texas creamery's 108-year history.

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said five people in all developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas.

The FDA said listeria bacteria were found in samples of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars.  

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Blue Bell said its regular Moo Bars were untainted, as were its half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three-gallon ice cream and take-home frozen snack novelties.

The company told FOX23 the piece of equipment in Texas in question was cleaned and inspected and no further concerns were expected.

On the website Blue Bell posted this statement: 

"For the first time in 108 years, Blue Bell announces a product recall.

One of our machines produced a limited amount of frozen snacks with a potential listeria problem.

When this was detected all products produced by this machine were withdrawn.  Our Blue Bell team members recovered all involved products in stores and storage.

This withdrawal in no way includes our half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three gallon ice cream or take-home frozen snack novelties.

For more information call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST or click here."

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