Blue Bell Creameries has pulled more products from the market due to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream that contributed to the deaths of three people and sickness of two others in Kansas has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream. A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with Listeria was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The ice cream cups listed below were distributed 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 and Wyoming via food service accounts:
Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #453
Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #452
Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451
The production line in Broken Arrow that makes the flavors has been stopped.
Ten products recalled earlier this month were from a production line at a plant in Brenham, Texas where the company is based. Blue Bell removed the following items:
Chocolate Chip Country Cookie, Great Divide Bar, Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars, 6 pack of Cotton Candy Bars, 6 pack of Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, 12 pack of No Sugar Added Moo Bars.
The first recall began after five patients at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some point from December 2013 to January 2015. Officials determined at least four drank milkshakes that contained Blue Bell ice cream. Three of the patients later died.
Listeria symptoms cause fever and muscle aches, and can include gastrointestinal issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s website. The sometimes-fatal bacteria primarily affect older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.
Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as caramel apples, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.