Listeriosis Outbreak Claims Three Lives in Kansas
The FDA issued a safety advisory last week after five cases of listeriosis, a dangerous illness caused by the listeria bacteria, were identified in Kansas. The patients all became ill after consuming Blue Bell ice cream products. They were admitted to the hospital for different reasons; at least three of them have died.
The patients consumed pre-packaged single-serve ice cream products and milkshakes distributed to the hospital.
Kansas health officials have been aware of potential listeriosis outbreaks since January 2014. It wasn’t until the health department in South Carolina tested and found traces of the bacteria in Blue Bell Creameries’ ice cream manufacturing facility.
The current outbreak has been traced back to a Blue Bell ice cream machine at a production facility in Texas. Officials in Kansas were able to use a national health database to identify the outbreak source.
Which Products Are Affected?
Blue Bell Creameries has released a list of all of the products that have been recalled.
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookie
- Great Divide Bar
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bar
- Cotton Candy Bar
- Vanilla Stick Slices
- Almond Bars
- 6 pack Cotton Candy Bars
- 6 pack Sour Pop Green Apple Bars
- 12 pack No Sugar Added Mooo Bars
If you have any of the listed products in your home, discard them immediately after taking a picture of the item and retaining your receipt in case anyone in your family falls ill.
Though the company has said that the contaminated products were not sold to grocery stores, it is possible that retail items were affected. It pays to be cautious.
How Can I Protect My Family?
The contaminated food products were stored in display cases and refrigerators in grocery and other retail stores. Parents should make sure to wash and sanitize all grocery items with warm water and soap. Additionally, by making sure that children avoid handling items and wash their hands after trips to the store, parents can avoid spreading germs throughout the home after a shopping trip.
Food Recall Attorneys
Food recall attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C.are committed to protecting the rights of injured consumers. Foodborne illnesses pose a particular danger to especially vulnerable children and elderly adults.
Food manufacturing companies are held to incredibly high standards, and when they fail in their duties, they need to be held responsible.
If you or a loved one has contracted a food borne illness, contact our firm immediately to defend your interests.