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Blue Bell says ice cream safe despite concern

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 19:59:37-05

HOUSTON (AP) -- Blue Bell Creameries is reassuring customers that its ice cream is safe as it tries to determine if listeria has again been found at one of its facilities.

The Texas company is returning its products to stores following contamination last year that prompted a national recall.

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The company announced Friday that the bacteria may have been detected at one of its three plants, though it didn't say which one. The company has plants in Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.

In an email Monday, Blue Bell insisted its products were safe.

Blue Bell recalled its products in April, after its ice cream was linked to 10 listeria cases, including three deaths in Kansas. Listeria can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

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