Five patients who were treated in a Kansas hospital were infected with one of four rare strains of Listeria monocytogenes. All five patients are adults. Three deaths have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Three of these strains found in Kansas, which are similar, have also been found in products manufactured at the Blue Bell Creameries production facility in Brenham, Texas. The dates are from January 2014 to January 2015.
What’s the problem and what's being done about it?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was notified that the three strains and four other rare strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found in samples of Blue Bell Creameries single serving Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwich and the Great Divide Bar ice cream products collected by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control on Feb. 12 in routine testing. The products are manufactured at Blue Bell Creameries’ Brenham facility.