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Wichita ice cream shop closed for three days after Blue Bell recall

College Hill Creamery, which serves Blue Bell ice cream, is closed until Friday.
College Hill Creamery, which serves Blue Bell ice cream, is closed until Friday. File photo

The Blue Bell ice cream recall is proving particularly problematic for one Wichita ice cream shop.

College Hill Creamery in Clifton Square, 3700 E. Douglas, serves Blue Bell ice cream exclusively. It is closing down for three days while employees sanitize the shop, said owner Caleb Shannon, who also will use the time to secure new product.

Though he has no reason to believe any of the ice cream in his shop was affected by listeria, he said, he’s taking precautions to be safe.

“We’re going to clean and sanitize everything to minimize the risk,” said Shannon, who opened the shop in June 2013.

When the first round of recalls happened, Shannon said, he called Blue Bell and was assured that all the equipment used to make the ice cream he was selling in his shop had been tested and cleared. And Shannon said he’s heard no reports of his customers feeling ill.

When College Hill Creamery reopens on Friday, Shannon said, it’ll be serving Hiland ice cream.

“Blue Bell really does have a good product as far as overall quality,” he said. “We may go back to them if they get it all worked out.”

Blue Bell Creameries out of Texas issued a voluntary recall on Monday for all of its products after samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria.

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