HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of Blue Bell Creameries decision to recall a number of products from its Broken Bow, Oklahoma plant that were linked to a listeria, Huntington Independent School District officials announced Wednesday that they will no longer be selling ice cream at any of their campuses.
"Due to the expanding recall of Blue Bell products, we have decided to discontinue the sale of ice cream until further notice," the Huntington ISD Facebook post stated. "We have been assured by company officials that no school products have been affected by this recall. However, we feel it's in the best interest of our students that we do not offer Blue Bell products until we can assure all products are safe."
On Tuesday, Blue Bell Creameries announced that it would be expanding its recall to include Banana Pudding ice cream pints.
The list of retailers who have pulled Blue Bell Ice Cream products from their shelves includes Brookshires, H-E-B, Kroger, Sam's Club, and Walmart.
The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Witchita, Kansas hospital. The recalls began when officials determined that some of the deceased people drank milkshakes containing Blue Bell ice cream.
Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham and later to a second line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Blue Bell said Friday that it had stopped all production at the Broken Arrow plant.