ucm439536Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, TX, is recalling 3-oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups — chocolate, strawberry and vanilla — with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses to date. On March 22, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a chocolate institutional/food service cup recovered from a hospital in Wichita, KS. This cup was produced in the Broken Arrow, OK, plant on April 15, 2014. These cups are not sold through retail outlets such as convenience stores and supermarkets. The ice cream cups listed below were distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming via food service accounts. Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #453 Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #452 Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451 Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, consumers may call (979) 836-7977, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five people infected with one of four strains of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from Kansas. All five were hospitalized at the same hospital for unrelated problems before developing invasive listeriosis — a finding that strongly suggests their infections were acquired in the hospital. Three deaths were reported among these five patients. Of the four ill people for whom information is available on the foods eaten in the month before Listeria infection, all four consumed milkshakes made with a single-serving Blue Bell brand ice cream product called “Scoops” while they were in the hospital. 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.