All Blue Bell ice cream products have been recalled including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen products in 23 states after the company has not been able to pinpoint the cause of Listeria contamination in some of it's products.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people should not eat any Blue Bell products. So far, there have been three reported in deaths and 10 illnesses linked to Blue Bell products.
The CDC is able to compare the DNA of the bacteria to link it to Blue Bell foods. Investigators believe the Listeria strain has been present at a Blue Bell factory for a number of years as there have been a pattern of illnesses dating back five years linked to Blue Bell products.
The CD provides the following Advice to Consumers, Institutions, and Retailers regarding the Listeria outbreak and subsequent recall.
Listeria is a bacteria that can be found in sprouts, deli meats, hotdogs, smoked seafood, soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk.
In the healthy, Listeria contamination can cause diarrhea and/or a fever. However, in the most severe cases, it can cause muscle aches, fever, stiff neck and convulsions. Pregnant women are at a risk of a miscarriage if they become infected. Children and people with compromised immune system may also contract severe illness.
Every year, it is estimated that 260 people die and 1600 illnesses occur due to the Listeria bacteria.
Steps to avoid Listeria infection
The following are some steps consumers can take to avoid becoming ill:
- Rinse and clean fruit and produce
- Keep uncooked meats away from other foods
- Avoid consuming unpasteurized or raw milk products
Foodborne Illness Legal Advice
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