Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, TX, is recalling more than 8 million gallons of ice cream products over potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that causes severe foodborne illness. At least 10 listeria infections — including 3 deaths — have been linked to Blue Bell ice cream.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Texas Woman Sues Blue Bell Creameries Over 2015 Listeria Outbreak
April 25, 2017 – Two years after a nationwide listeria outbreak was linked to ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, the company has been slapped with yet another lawsuit alleging listeria poisoning from its products. Plaintiff Ursula Burton says she bought Blue Bell ice cream from a Valero gas station in April 2015, and that both she and her daughter became violently ill after eating it. She also claims that as a result of her illness she is now lactose intolerant, and that her daughter has developed a sensitivity to dairy products.
Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination
On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating an outbreak of listeria infections potentially linked to Blue Bell Creameries single serving ice cream products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), 5 patients who were treated at the same Wichita hospital were infected with 1 of 4 rare strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Three of the strains were found in ice cream products produced at the Blue Bell Creameries plant in Brenham, TX. Illness onset dates range from Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015.
FDA was notified that these 3 strains and 4 other rare strains of listeria were found in samples of Blue Bell single serving Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwich and the Great Divide Bar ice cream products collected by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC) on Feb. 12, 2015. These products were produced at Blue Bell’s Brenham facility.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) collected samples from the facility and found listeria in the same products tested by SCDHEC, as well as a third single-serving ice cream product, Scoops, which is made on the same production line.
Hospital records for 4 patients show that all were served Blue Bell ice cream made from these products. Blue Bell Creameries distributes ice cream to the hospital, although it has not been confirmed whether the facility only receives ice cream from the Brenham plant.
Of the 5 listeria infections, 3 deaths were reported. Blue Bell Creameries has removed the affected products by picking them up directly from the retailers and hospitals it serves. The company has also shut down the production line where the ice cream was made.
Which Products are Affected?
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookie – SKU # 196
- Great Divide Bar – SKU #108
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bar – SKU #221
- Cotton Candy Bar – SKU #216
- Scoops – SKU #117
- Vanilla Stick Slices – SKU #964
- Almond Bars – SKU #156
- 6 pack Cotton Candy Bars – SKU #245
- 6 pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars – SKU #249
- 12 pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars – SKU #343
If you have any of these products in your possession, you should wrap them in a plastic bag and discard them immediately.
Blue Bell Again Recalls Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns
September 21, 2016 – Blue Bell Creameries is recalling packages of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream because they may be contaminated with listeria, according to an FDA Safety Alert issued today. These products were distributed in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. FDA is warning consumers not to eat any recalled Blue Bell ice cream products, and to return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.
More Blue Bull Ice Cream Tests Positive for Listeria
April 9: The outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream has grown to at least 8 listeria infections, including 3 elderly people who died in a Kansas hospital, according to the CDC. On Tuesday, the FDA announced that Blue Bell had expanded its recall to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints and other items that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The products were produced at Blue Bell’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., on Feb. 12. Click here to learn more.
Recall Expanded to Include All Products Sold Nationwide & Overseas
April 21: Blue Bell has expanded its recall to include all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks, the CDC announced today. A new potential health risk was identified in half gallon containers of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream (UPC# 0 71899-03720 0). Click here to learn more.
April 27: Blue Bell announced today that it has expanded its ice cream recall to include all products distributed internationally to countries in the Caribbean region including Anguilla, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.
10 Illnesses Linked to Ice Cream Recall: CDC
April 22: One person from Arizona and another from Oklahoma have been diagnosed with a strain of listeria that matches samples taken from Blue Bell ice cream, according to USA Today. The new cases bring the number of infections linked to Blue Bell products to 10. Click here to learn more.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recall
April 23 – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Columbus, OH, is recalling all of its ice cream, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches due to potential contamination with listeria. Affected products were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, as well as sold online. Click here to learn more.
Listeria Found at Blue Bell Ice Cream Plant in 2013: FDA
May 7 – Blue Bell had evidence of listeria contamination in its Broken Arrow, OK, plant as far back as March 2013 but failed to correct the problem, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found at least 5 samples in “non-food contact” areas at the facility that tested positive for listeria, noting that samples from the plant continued to test positive for the bacteria in 2014 and 2015. Click here to learn more.
Blue Bell Ice Cream Lawsuit Filed in Texas
May 28 – A Houston man who claims he “damn near died” from listeria poisoning after consuming Blue Bell products filed a lawsuit against the company this week. According to the complaint, 32-year-old David Philip Shockley “developed a severe listeriosis infection” after eating the ice cream, which caused “extensive damage, leaving him unconscious and near death.” Click here to learn more.
On May 7, the FDA released findings from inspections at Blue Bell facilities in:
On May, 20, the agency released inspectional observations of Blue Bell plants in:
- Brenham, Texas in 2009 (PDF)
- Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 2012 (PDF)
- Houston, Texas in 2007 (PDF)
- San Antonio, Texas in 2014 (PDF)
CDC Investigation Ends
June 16 – The investigation into the deadly listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream has ended, according to the CDC. However, although the investigation is over, officials warn that Blue Bell ice cream can still make you sick.
“This outbreak investigation is over. However, people could continue to get sick because recalled products may still be in people’s freezers and consumers unaware of the recalls could eat them,” CDC said. “Institutions should not serve and retailers should not sell recalled products. Read the Advice to Consumers, Institutions, and Retailers.”
Click here to learn more.
What is Listeria Food Poisoning?
When a person develops symptoms after consuming food or liquid that has been contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, the resulting illness is called listeriosis. Only a small percentage of people who ingest listeria bacteria become ill or develop symptoms; however, for those who do, resulting illnesses can be quite severe.
On the mild end of the spectrum, symptoms of listeria infection may include:
- Severe headache
Severe forms of listeriosis can cause:
- Septic shock
Infection during pregnancy can result in:
- Premature labor
- Infection of the newborn
- Neonatal death
According to the CDC, there have been at least 8 outbreaks of Listeria since 2011. Five of the outbreaks have occurred since 2014.
Food Safety Modernization Act
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted in 2011 to increase cooperation between the FDA and state agencies. Through FSMA, South Carolina health officials discovered the Blue Bell contamination during a routine inspection of a distribution center.
Last month, listeria was found in a sample of Sabra hummus taken from a supermarket and tested by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture discovered the Jeni’s contamination. Without combined efforts facilitated through FSMA, the outbreaks could have gone undetected for much longer.
Do I Have a Blue Bell Ice Cream Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Food Poisoning Suit and our lawyers can help.