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Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall, the Texas company announced. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Bloomberg) – Blue Bell Creameries Inc., the ice cream company linked to a listeria outbreak that killed three people, will furlough or fire almost 3,000 workers after it had to shut down most production.

About 1,400 employees will be furloughed and an additional 1,450 part- and full-time workers will be laid off, the Brenham, Texas-based company said in a statement Friday. Blue Bell also is cutting salaries as it tries to bounce back from an incident that forced it to recall 8 million gallons of ice cream. The company’s total staff numbered 3,900.

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