Blue Bell Creameries has announced a massive recall of its ice cream products due to Listeria contamination. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Listeria bacteria can cause serious infections and it is particularly dangerous for the elderly, newborn babies and the infirm. In some instances, the bacteria can even result in death, as it already has in this tragic recall case.
3 People Dead After Eating Blue Bell Ice Cream
Blue Bell Creameries has ordered the removal of its ice creams and other frozen treats from grocery store shelves in order to avert the danger of its customers falling ill and potentially being killed. The voluntary recall was issued in response to a notice from health officials who said that, in 2014, three people were sickened by Listeria infection and died in a Kansas hospital that served Blue Bell frozen confections to its patients.
Last month, a sample of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream tested positive for Listeria bacteria at the Blue Bell factory, and the decision to issue a 23-state recall was issued in response. The CEO for Blue Bell, Paul Kruse, said that the company is heartbroken and apologizes to its loyal customers. In a public statement he said, "We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe."
Although Listeria infection could be fatal to certain at-risk individuals, most healthy individuals will only experience short-term symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea.
8 Listeria Infections Reported Thus Far
According to the CDC, a total of five individuals from Kansas and three individuals from Texas have tested positive and been treated for Listeria infection related to Blue Bell products.
Blue Bell says it will institute stricter testing and safety procedures to prevent another outbreak like this one.
The loss of the individuals who died from Blue Bell-related Listeria infections last year has no doubt left a painful mark on the families who lost their loved ones. Ultimately, these families may choose to pursue wrongful death claims to hold Blue Bell Creameries liable for the deaths, and they will likely have viable claims in this regard.
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