Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling all Blue Bell Ice Cream from store shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker's products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas.
H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns." The chain said it's working with Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell to refill the stocks as soon as possible.
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Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said the company respected and understood the action.
"Like them, we care for the well-being of our consumers," he said.
Blue Bell on Friday suspended operations at its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant that officials previously had connected to a foodborne illness linked to the three deaths.