Blue Bell says it’s still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

HOUSTON (AP) – Blue Bell Creameries says it’s getting closer to identifying how listeria got into its facilities, after the century-old Texas ice cream maker issued a massive recall because its products were linked to a deadly string of illnesses.

Company spokesman Joe Robertson said Tuesday finding the cause is a matter of doing the needed investigation and consumers “are our No. 1 concern.” The company recalled all its products Monday.

Blue Bell has a team of microbiologists working with officials at its four facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama. The company now plans to test all products produced at its facilities before sending them out to retailers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday the number of listeria illnesses linked to Blue Bell products has risen to 10.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously reported eight illnesses from Kansas and Texas, including three deaths in Kansas.

The agency said Tuesday that two more illnesses have been confirmed in Oklahoma and Arizona.

CDC says those sickened fell ill between January 2010 and January 2015.

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