March 24, 2015 — Blue Bell, an iconic brand of ice cream from Texas, has issued a recall for food service ice cream cup products that may be contaminated with Listeria.
The recall was issued after the Kansas Department of Health reported that five patients, all older adults, became sick after eating Blue Bell ice cream.
Three patients died, and food poisoning may have been a contributing factor but Listeria did not cause the deaths.
Blue Bell, which is based in Brenham, Texas, is recalling products that were produced in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in April 2014. On Sunday, health officials in Kansas reported that a single cup of chocolate ice cream from a hospital in Wichita tested positive for Listeria
A recall was issued for 3-oz institutional/food service chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream cups with tab lids. The recalled products were sold to food service customers, including hospitals, in 23 states.
Products included in the recall:
- Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #453
- Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #452
- Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The FDA warns:
“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
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