Blue Bell RecallBlue Bell Creameries has recalled two flavors of cookie dough ice cream from 10 states that may be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning. The recall was announced within days of returning to grocery stores in three states after a deadly outbreak of Listeria last year.

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Blue Bell Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream for Listeria Risk

September 20, 2016 — Blue Bell has recalled ice cream with cookie dough that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause deadly food poisoning.

The cookie dough came from Aspen Hills, Inc., a third party supplier. It was sent to Blue Bell facilities in Sylacauga, Alabama and Brenham, Texas between July 26 and August 22, 2016.

Recalled Blue Bell products

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Recalled products and code dates:

  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough — Half-Gallon (082618226)
  • Blue Bell Cookie Two Step — Half-Gallon (080418222, 081818224)
  • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough — Pints (081518242, 082418242)

Code dates can be found on the bottom of the carton. The ice cream was shipped to 10 states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported. The problem was discovered by Blue Bell as part of “intensified internal testing” it implemented after a deadly outbreak of Listeria. The company now tests every finished batch of ice cream for Listeria.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak

In June 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concluded an investigation into a deadly outbreak of Listeria from Blue Bell Ice Cream that began in January 2010.

Ten illnesses were reported in four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). All of the victims were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported at one hospital in Kansas. The victims were infected with several rare strains of Listeria that were also found in samples of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell recalled every batch of ice cream on the market.

Blue Bell also temporarily shut down a facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that supplied tainted ice cream to the hospital in Kansas. The facility had 17 positive tests for Listeria since 2013, but Blue Bell never bothered to tell the FDA or test the ice cream itself for Listeria.

Blue Bell Lawsuit Settlements

In May 2015, a lawsuit was filed by David P. Shockley, a 31 year-old man who nearly died after eating Listeria-tainted Blue Bell Ice Cream. He was hospitalized with meningitis and encephalitis in October 2013. He was unconscious for six days and continues to suffer from neurological conditions.

In September 2016, as the lawsuit was nearing trial, Blue Bell and Shockley agreed to a confidential settlement. The lawsuit was pending in the Western District of Texas — Case No. 1:15-cv-00425.

What is Listeria?

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that is found in wet, cold environments. It can cause serious illnesses in a wide range of animals and people — including mastitis in cows, which is why Listeria is often found in raw milk, cheese, dairy farms, and creameries.

What is the problem?

Unlike many bacteria, Listeria can survive freezing and thrives in a refrigerator. It is killed at temperatures above 165ºF and pasteurization. However, it is nearly impossible to completely eradicate from food processing facilities because it is so common.

Complications of Listeriosis

Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has an “invasive” infection, in which Listeria spreads beyond the gastrointestinal system and causes life-threatening complications like bacteremia (sepsis) or meningitis.

Symptoms of Listeriosis

The symptoms of listeriosis may not appear for up to 70 days, but the average is 31 days. Not everyone has symptoms. Listeriosis mostly affects young children, older adults, and people with weak immune systems. Pregnant women may have a premature delivery, miscarriage, or stillbirth. When symptoms appear, they may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea (usually lasts 1-4 days)
  • Fatigue

Do I have a Blue Bell Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Blue Bell Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with listeriosis, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.

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