Blue Bell Creameries, which issued a recall last month for some of its ice cream products after several people fell ill with listeriosis, has expanded the action to include all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks.
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Multistate Listeria Outbreak Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream
April 21, 2015 – Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president, said the company is “heartbroken” over the need to recall all of its products from store shelves nationwide. Another potential health risk was identified in half gallon containers of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream (UPC# 0 71899-03720 0), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“At every step, we have made decisions in the best interest of our customers based on the evidence we had available at the time,” Kruse said in a press release. “At this point, we cannot say with certainty how Listeria was introduced to our facilities and so we have taken this unprecedented step. We continue to work with our team of experts to eliminate this problem.”
Blue Bell said retailers around the country have been instructed to stop selling the products. If you have any Blue Bell ice cream, you should discard it immediately or return it to where you purchased it for a full refund.
8 Infections, 3 Dead
At least 8 people in 2 different clusters have developed listeria infections linked to Blue Bell ice cream, according to the CDC. Three people have died.
The illnesses were first reported in 5 patients at a Kansas hospital, and 3 others at a hospital in Texas. All of the patients had eaten Blue Bell ice cream before falling ill.
Ice Cream ‘Unlikely’ Source of Listeria Contamination
Christopher Waldrop, Director of Food Policy for the Consumer Federation of America, said that ice cream recalls are relatively unusual. “For most pathogens, when you freeze the food it substantially lowers the growth of the pathogen,” he said. “For example if you have chicken or ground beef that happens to have pathogens in it and you freeze it, that really slows or stops the growth of the pathogens while they’re in the freezer.”
However, with listeria this isn’t the case. Unlike salmonella or E. coli, listeria can thrive and even reproduce in freezing temperatures. This makes the bacteria well suited for transfer in ice cream, which is otherwise an unlikely source of foodborne contamination. Click here to learn more.
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