The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating an outbreak of listeria linked to the Blue Bell brand that has killed three people in the United States.
After learning of the outbreak the cimony made their first product recall in 108 years.
The FDA indicated that in the state of Kansas a total of five people had symptoms of listeriosis after eating out of a production line at the plant in Blue Bell, located in Brenham, Texa.
According to the entity, listeria bacteria were discovered in samples of Country Chocolate Chip Cookies, Great Divide bars, Sour Pop green apple bars, Cotton Candy bars, ice cream balls, vanilla slices Sticks, Almond bars and sugarless Moo bars.
Blue Bell said their regular Moo bar were not contaminated, as well as their half gallon, quart, pint, cup and three gallon frozen snow pack.
As indicated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the five patients, three of whom died, were being treated for health issues unrelated to listeriosis in the same hospital in Kansas before developing the bacteria, “a finding that indicates strongly that their infection (the listeria bacteria) were contracted in the hospital, “the CDC said.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, patients who were treated in the Kansas hospital were infected with one of the four strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Three of these strains, which are very similar, have also been found in products manufactured in the production plant of Blue Bell in Brenham, Texas with dates ranging from January 2014 to January 2015.
According to the Department of Health, hospital records show that at least four of these patients had Blue Bell ice cream or milkshakes. The hospital receives ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell, but it was not confirmed if they originated from the Brenham plant.
Through a statement Blue Bell said they have withdrawn the affected ice cream products off the market and have closed the production line where the products were made.