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Listeria Reported in Ice Cream, Hummus

Two popular food brands have recalled products contaminated by listeria. Blue Bell brand ice cream has been linked with 8 illnesses and 3 deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the outbreaks April 9. Also last week, Sabra said it had recalled 30,000 cases of classic hummus. The bacteria were found in several tubs of hummus in Michigan. No infections have been linked to hummus, state health officials said. The CDC said 3 people in Texas became ill after eating Blue Bell ice cream between 2011 and 2014. Five cases in Kansas occurred from January 2014 to January 2015. Three of the Kansas patients died. Blue Bell Creameries has closed a plant and recalled several products. An expert interviewed by HealthDay News said people can get sick 3 to 70 days after being exposed to listeria.

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