Sam’s Club joins several retailers in pulling Blue Bell Ice Cream from their shelves after a Listeriosis bacteria contamination kills three people in Kansas. A recent investigation by Blue Bell has revealed that the Listeriosis contamination occurred at two production facilities, one at the headquarters in Brenham Texas and another in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The following Blue Bell products are considered to be risk of containing Listeria:
- Vanilla Stick Slices
- Almond Bars
- Moo Bars (No Sugar Added Bars)
- Sour Pop Green Apple Bars
- Great Divide Bars
- Chocolate Chip Country Cookies
- Cotton Candy Bars
As a result of the contamination, Blue Bell has announced that it is temporarily closing the Oklahoma facility until further notice. While Sam’s Club, H-E-B, and other retailers have stopped selling all Blue Bell products, the grocer Kroger is only halting the sales of Blue Bell products from the contaminated factory.
According to the FDA, Blue Bell products made at the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma production facility can be identified by examining the code data printed on the bottom of the container. If the code begins with the letters: O, P, Q, R, S, or T, the product was made at the contaminated facility and should not be consumed.
What is Listeriosis and Who is at Risk?
Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause serious injury and death when consumed. Listeria is typically ingested by eating contaminated food products. The following groups of people are considered to be at a higher risk of death and serious injury after ingesting the listeria bacteria:
- The elderly
- Those with weakened immune systems
- Those suffering from certain chronic diseases
- Pregnant women
- Listeria in pregnant women can cause miscarriage, premature and still births, and other serious conditions.
Despite certain individuals being at an increased risk of harm, listeria carries the potential to cause great bodily injury and death to everyone who comes into contact with the deadly bacteria.
Consumer Information for Dealing with Contaminated Products
If you have not ingested the contaminated product, but the product has been opened, you should immediately discard the product. If the product has not yet been opened, you can return the unopened product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
If the product has already been ingested, you should immediately seek medical attention to ensure your safety. If you have ingested the contaminated product, it is important to not discard the product. You should retain the remainder of the product in a liquid leak proof container out of harms way for later testing if necessary.
Consumers who have dealt with contaminated Blue Bell products should immediately wash their hands with warm soapy water. You should also clean and sanitize all counter tops, utensils, cutting boards, and anything else that has touched the contaminated ice cream. Consumers are also welcome to call Blue Bell Creameries at 979-836-7977 for more information.
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