3 in Kansas die of illness related to ice cream

March 14, 2015 5:08 AM

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The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon's first product recall in its 108-year history. Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement Friday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all five of the people sickened were receiving treatment for unrelated health issues at the Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kan., before developing listeriosis. Four of the five had consumed milkshakes made with a single-serving Blue Bell ice cream product called "Scoops" while they were in the hospital, the CDC said. Blue Bell moved to pull suspect products from shelves after learning of the illness. Paul Cruse, CEO of the Brenham creamery, said all products now on store and institution shelves are safe and wholesome.

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