June 8, 2015 — Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from an independent lab that found Listeria in ice cream produced in Alabama.
The Associated Press reports that the ice cream was eaten by 75 year-old Brent McRae, a resident of Florida. He got sick with meningitis in April, according to his attorney.
His wife sent a half-eaten carton of Blue Bell’s Cookies & Cream ice cream to Kappa Laboratories in Miami, where it tested positive for Listeria.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, McRae had symptoms that were consistent with listeriosis, but he was only tested for the disease after taking antibiotics.
His son said he fell into a diabetic coma for more than a week and likely developed meningitis, a common complication of listeriosis. However, due to his poor medical condition, doctors could not remove spinal fluid to test for the disease. He now faces an “extremely slow recovery.”
Regardless of his diagnosis, this is the first report of Listeria-tainted ice cream from a facility outside Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Blue Bell also has plants in Brenham, Texas and Sylacauga, Alabama, but has consistently said it knew of no positive Listeria tests at those facilities.
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