Sam’s Club, Kroger pull Blue Bell ice cream products from shelves

According to the Blue Bell website, the ice cream will re-enter the market in five stages across 15 states.

DALLAS (AP) – Some of the largest retailers in the country have decided to pull from their shelves Blue Bell Ice Cream made at an Oklahoma production plant that the company has temporarily closed.

Previous story: Blue Bell suspends operations at Oklahoma ice cream plant

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said Monday that the giant retailer along with Sam’s Club have pulled products made at the plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club continue to sell Blue Bell products made at other plants.

Grocery store chain Kroger has taken the same step.

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 Kansas hospital.

Previous story: 5 ill, 3 dead from outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries

The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham and later to a second line in Broken Arrow.

Previous story: Blue Bell recalls more ice cream cups because of listeria

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