A listeria outbreak in Kansas has been traced back the popular Blue Bell ice cream that is manufactured in Brenham, Texas. To date, three deaths and several other illnesses have been linked to Blue Bell products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers this afternoon about the contaminated ice cream.
Which Products Were Contaminated?
The warning includes the following Blue Bell products:
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookie
- Great Divide Bar
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bar
- Cotton Candy Bar
- Vanilla Stick Slices
- Almond Bar
- No Sugar Added Moo Bar
The warning applies to all of the above products that were manufactured between January 2014 and January 2015. Blue Bell has announced that it has pulled the products from retail shelves and urges any consumers who have any of the eight products in their home to throw them away immediately.
What Is Listeria?
Listeria is a bacteria that causes severe illness known as Listeriosis. The illness is particularly problematic for older people, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems.
Its symptoms include:
- Other flu-like symptoms
Victims of Listeriosis generally begin feeling symptoms anywhere from 3-70 days after consuming an affected food product.
What Should I Do If I Believe A Blue Bell Product Has Made Me Ill?
If you are experiencing symptoms related to Listeriosis and have consumed one of the affected products over the last 70 days, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. If the diagnosis is confirmed by a doctor, you may be entitled to compensation if the illness can be linked to a Blue Bell product. Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights.