Blue Bell recalls ice cream cups that could contain listeria

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Blue Bell recalls ice cream cups
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A test in Kansas found listeria in a Blue Bell Ice Cream cup

The company is recalling the cups after recalling another group of products this month

Three people in Kansas have died from a listeria outbreak

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Blue Bell ice cream has added another product to the list of items it’s recalling over potential contamination with listeria.

The company said Monday that it’s recalling 3 oz. institutional/food service cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream after a test detected listeria in one of the cups recovered from a Kansas hospital.

There have been no illnesses reported from the cups, Blue Bell said.

“Investigation to determine whether these illnesses are related to exposure to Blue Bell products is ongoing,” the CDC said.

In early March, in light of the Kansas listeria outbreak, Blue Bell recalled a group of products made at a plant in Texas. It later added 3-ounce cup servings to the recall.

All five of them were hospitalized at the same hospital before developing listeriosis, the CDC said. At least four of them had consumed milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream before developing the infection.

“We are devastated and know that Blue Bell has to be and can be better than this,” Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president, said in a statement. “Quality and safety have always been our top priorities. We are deeply saddened and concerned for all those who have been affected.”

Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with listeria, and primarily affects the elderly, pregnant women, newborns and people with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of a listeria infection are fever and muscle aches, sometimes associated with diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

In the United States, an estimated 1,600 people become seriously ill each year, and approximately 16% of these illnesses result in death. Cervical infections caused by listeriosis in pregnant women may result in stillbirth or spontaneous abortion during the second or third trimesters.

The CDC advises that individuals and institutions should check their freezers for the recalled products and throw them away.

In a statement on its website, Blue Bell said “this recall in no way includes Blue Bell ice cream half gallons, pints, quarts, 3 gallons or other 3 oz. cups.”

This is the first product recall in the 108-year history of Blue Bell Creameries, the company said.

CNN’s Debra Goldschmidt, Amanda Watts and Jacque Wilson contributed to this report.