Blue Bell ice cream removed from shelves

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TULSA, Okla. — Blue Bell ice cream is off the shelves at many local grocery stores. Reasor’s, Walmart, and Target are just a few of the stores that pulled the products after Blue Bell temporarily shut down its plant in Broken Arrow.

“Retail stores are doing what they believe is the right thing. They are trying to protect consumers and we respect and appreciate that. But it’s not a recall,” a Blue Bell representative said.

It’s the latest development since Blue Bell shut down the plant in Broken Arrow late last week. Blue Bell leaders say the Broken Arrow plant will likely be shut down all week while the investigation continues.

“To us this is a big deal. We want to do things right. So we are going to take our time at that plant and make sure we are making fresh and safe ice cream for consumers,” a Blue Bell representative said.

This all started when the dairy company issued a recall last month after ice cream in 3 ounce cups contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. The contamination was traced to the Broken Arrow Blue Bell plant.

Blue Bell leaders stress that the stores are pulling products as a precaution, but they say the recall only involves the 3 ounce cups that were recalled march 24th. That ice cream was not sold in stores.

“The only recall we’ve had from the Broken Arrow plant involves 3 ounce cups of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream that is only available through institutions like hospitals and assisted living facilities,” a Blue Bell representative said.

Blue Bell leaders say the workers at the Broken Arrow plant will be paid while the plant is temporarily shut down.

They say this is the first recall in the more than 100 year history of Blue Bell.

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