Blue Bell Creameries announced that it is expanding a massive ice cream recall issued last week. The first recall was announced on April 3, after it was determined that a 3-ounce size cup of chocolate ice cream was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Listeria monocytogenes is particularly dangerous for elderly and frail adults, young children and people with weakened immune systems. Most healthy individuals only contract symptoms such as high fever, stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea relating to a Listeria monocytogenes infection. However, those at risk could suffer severe and potentially deadly complications that require hospitalization. Pregnant women are also at risk of suffering miscarriage and/or stillbirth.
As a part of the first recall, Blue Bell Creameries announced the recall of 3-ounce cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. In the latest announcement, the recall was expanded to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints. The Banana Pudding Ice Cream tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes contamination as well.
The products included in this recall were manufactured and sold to institutional food service clients. They were not sold in actual grocery stores.
Ice Cream Widely Distributed Across Country
According to Blue Bell, the recalled items are not safe to eat. A complete list of the recalled items can be found on the FDA website, along with their associated Code Dates and UPC numbers.
Any consumer who is in possession of products affected by this recall should dispose of the items immediately. If unknowingly consumed, and a serious bacterial infection results, it is vital that consumers seek medical attention immediately. Even a relatively healthy person could suffer severe complications if left untreated.
Product Liability Personal Injury Claims May Be Possible if Illnesses Surface
Anyone who believes that they have suffered serious injury as a result of a Listeria monocytogenes infection may have valid claims for financial restitution in court by way of a product liability personal injury claim. Damages pursuable in such claims may include money for the cost of medical care, money for time spent unable to work and other forms of compensation.
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