Two more large retail stores, Sam’s Club and Kroger, have now decided to take away all Blue Bell Ice Cream products from the shelves of their stores as a preventative measure after Blue Blue stated it was temporarily shutting down their manufacturing plant in Oklahoma. The two companies have joined H-E-B, a supermarket chain, in stopping the sales and distribution of the contaminated ice cream products.
Last month, a dairy factory based out of Brenham, Texas issued a mass recall of Blue Bell frozen dairy products after three deaths were confirmed at a hospital in Kansas, linked to listeriosis. The sickness was tracked back to the factory in Brenham. Afterwards, it was also found to be linked to another production line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Blue Bell officials announced on Friday the company had halted ice cream production at the plant in Broken Arrow. Gene Grabowski, a spokesman for the company, confirmed on Monday that there is a growing number of large retailers that have been pulling the products.
By Alex Lemieux
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