Listeria Outbreak May Have Started in 2010
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Apr 24, 2015 in Defective Products
While the public has only recently heard about Blue Bell Creameries Listeria monocytogenes (listeria) outbreak, safety officials are reporting that the problem has been ongoing.
Listeria is a particularly persistent bacteria that causes gastrointestinal problems in injured persons. The bacteria can even be deadly to patients who are elderly, newborn or who are ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the listeria problems in Texas may have started in 2010.
Blue Bell, the ice cream company at the center of the listeria outbreak, has expanded its limited recall to a national recall of all of its products. The ice cream manufacturer started up in the early 1900s, and the company is now the third-largest brand in America.
The CDCs investigation counters the companys narrative. The company has publicly stated that the outbreak is quite limited. However, investigators have been able to link listeria illnesses from five years ago back to Blue Bell ice cream products.
In light of the reports, Blue Bell will be retraining their employees on how to properly handle products. The creameries located in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama will be temporarily closed for cleaning and employee retraining.
The company expects that the facilities will be closed for at least one week and maybe two.
The listeria recalls have expanded beyond Blue Bell. Jenis Splendid Ice Creams, an Ohio-based company, is recalling all of their ice cream products. The company has found tainted samples of listeria in their ice cream, frozen yogurts and sorbet samples.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has reported no illnesses, but has closed several facilities as a precautionary measure.
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