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Blue Bell expands ice cream recall

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling all of its products – ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks – because of a possible listeria monocytogene contamination, the Kane County Health Department announced in a release Tuesday.

Eight illnesses have been reported in connection to Blue Bell products, but the health department indicated none were reported in Illinois.

Five patients were treated in Kansas, and three were treated in Texas after testing positive for listeria monocytogenes, according to the health department.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the release.

Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, the release states. It notes that among pregnant women, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recall is an expansion of a previous recall. The decision to expand the recall was reportedly prompted by findings from an enhanced sampling program initiated by Blue Bell.

Sampling revealed that half-gallons of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream produced on March 17 and March 27 contained the bacteria, according to the release. The release states this means Blue Bell has had several positive tests for listeria in different places and plants.

Some of Blue Bell's facilities will remain closed as the Texas-based company continues to investigate, according to the release. It states that Blue Bell expects to resume distribution soon on a limited basis once it is confident in the safety of its product.

Call 866-608-3940 for information.

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