Via Christi was not aware of any listeria contamination in Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products until March 9. Upon learning of a possible connection to five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015, Via Christi immediately removed from distribution all Blue Bell Creameries products from all its care sites.
Via Christi held those products in quarantine until samples could be drawn for further testing by public health officials, who also conducted courtesy testing of the hospitals’ food service environment and found no evidence of listeria contamination.
Based on the results of that testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, today warned consumers about potential contamination in additional products made and distributed by Blue Bell Creameries. More information can be found on the FDA website and on the KDHE website.