FELDMAN WILLIAMS, PLLC. IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP OF INJURIES TO EATING BLUE BELL ICE CREAM AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED A PRODUCT RECALL, BASED UPON A FINDING BY THE FDA and CDC THAT BLUE BELL ICE CREAMS CONTAIN DANGEROUS STRAINS OF LISTERIA
According to the FDA: This recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at all Blue Bell facilities. Blue Bell has facilities in Brenham, in Broken Arrow, Okla., and in Sylacauga, Ala., and FDA currently has open investigations at facilities in each of these locations.
Samples previously taken by the FDA, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, and the Texas Department of State Health Services have also shown the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Blue Bell products, and prompted earlier recalls of products by the firm. Additionally, although, FDA environmental sampling has not shown the presence of Listeria monocytogenes on food contact surfaces in any Blue Bell facilities, this sampling has shown the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the Blue Bell production facilities in Broken Arrow, Okla., and in Sylacauga, Ala.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that as of April 20, 2015, a total of ten patients infected with several strains of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). Illness onset dates ranged from January 2010 through January 2015. All ten patients were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported from Kansas within the last year. Three strains associated with these case patients have been identified in products manufactured at either the Blue Bell production facility in Broken Arrow, Okla, or Brehnam, Texas.
Blue Bell has self reported that the ice cream products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and international locations.
Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, or develops fever and chills. If you experience any of these symptoms after eating ice cream, seek medical care immediately. The CDC explains that “[s]ymptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after consumption of the contaminated food.” The ice cream may cause Listeria as well.
The following products as well have been voluntarily removed from the marketplace as a result of possible defects and contamination:
Product Name Product Code
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookie UPC 71899-21169
- Great Divide Bar UPC 71899-21178
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bar UPC 71899-21208
- Cotton Candy Bar UPC 71899-21207
- Scoops UPC 71899-00701
- Vanilla Stick Slices No UPC – SKU #964
- Almond Bars UPC 71899-21138
- 6 pack Cotton Candy Bars UPC 71899-62257
- 6 pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars UPC 71899-62258
- 12 pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars* UPC 71899-62305
The CDC “recommend[s] that consumers do not eat any Blue Bell brand products made at the Blue Bell Creameries Broken Arrow, Okla., production facility. Blue Bell brand products made at the Broken Arrow, Okla., production facility can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S,” and “T” following the “code date” printed on the bottom of the product package.”