Texas Rangers won't serve Blue Bell at home games

Texas Rangers fans won't be eating Blue Bell Ice Cream when home games get underway on Friday.

The club announced Wednesday "in light of recent events and out of an abundance of caution" it wouldn't offer Blue Bell products during its upcoming homestand that begins in Arlington on Friday afternoon against the Houston Astros.

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 Oklahoma.

Sunday afternoon's planned ice cream promotion at Globe Life Park will not take place as previously scheduled.

"Blue Bell has been a valued partner of the Rangers for many years," the club said in a statement. "We will remain in contact with company officials as they address this ongoing situation."

The company suspended operations Friday at the Oklahoma plant and expanded its recall of products made at the plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The Texas-based dairy company announced in a statement Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed. The recall now includes the banana pudding ice cream pints and other products manufactured on the same line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The products were distributed to retail outlets across the nation.

Sam's Club and H-E-B have halted sales of all Blue Bell products, while Kroger has pulled products involved in the recall from its shelves.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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