Ascension Via Christi St. Francis identified five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015. Via Christi worked closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to investigate the cause of the listeriosis cases in these five patients, which has now been linked to pre-packaged ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries believed to have been consumed by these patients. Read the KDHE press release.
Via Christi was not aware of any listeria contamination in the Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products and immediately removed all Blue Bell Creameries products from all Via Christi locations once the potential contamination was discovered.
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about the potential contamination in Blue Bell Creameries’ products.
More information can be found on the FDA website.