Just one day after Blue Bell Creameries expanded its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant, the Texas Rangers have decided not to serve Blue Bell products during their upcoming home games.
The Rangers released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
The Texas Rangers and our Globe Life Park in Arlington concessionaire Metroplex Sportservice are committed to providing a quality and safe experience for all of our fans. In light of recent events and out of an abundance of caution, we will not be offering Blue Bell Ice Cream products during our upcoming homestand.
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Blue Bell has been a valued partner of the Rangers for many years. We will remain in contact with company officials as they address this ongoing situation. Ice cream will not be available at Globe Life Park during the upcoming homestand, and Sunday’s Ice Cream Sunday promotion will not take place. We invite our fans to enjoy the many other great food options available at Globe Life Park.
Texas-based Blue Bell said Tuesday pints of its banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis, but no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed.
The company last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham, Texas, and later to a second line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Operations have been suspended at the Oklahoma plant.