Update: Texas Woman Sues Blue Bell Creameries Over 2015 Listeria Outbreak
April 25, 2017 – Two years after a nationwide listeria outbreak was linked to ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, the company has been slapped with yet another lawsuit alleging listeria poisoning from its products. Plaintiff Ursula Burton says she bought Blue Bell ice cream from a Valero gas station in April 2015, and that both she and her daughter became violently ill after eating it. She also claims that as a result of her illness she is now lactose intolerant, and that her daughter has developed a sensitivity to dairy products.
Which Products are Affected by the Recall?
This recall affects the following products:
Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons:
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Code Dates: 082618226
- Blue Bell Cookie Two Step – Code Dates: 080418222, 081818224
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Code Dates: 081518242, 082418242
These products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton. Affected packages were produced at the Blue Bell plant in Sylacauga, Alabama, and distributed to the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
What’s the Problem?
The ice cream was recalled because it was made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient from a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc., that may have been contaminated with listeria. Although Blue Bell’s products in the marketplace have passed their test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for listeria, it is initiating the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a company press release. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.
What is Listeriosis?
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease primarily affects the elderly, pregnant women, small children, and adults with compromised immune systems. However, in some cases patients without these risk factors can also be affected.
Signs and symptoms of listeria infection include:
- Muscle aches
If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms of listeriosis may include:
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over food poisoning cases alleged from Blue Bell Cookie Dough Ice Cream, and it is unlikely that any such action will be entered in the future. However, our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits on behalf of people who developed listeria after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream.
We specialize in holding manufacturers accountable for selling contaminated food and failing to ensure the safety of their products. If we determine that you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
More Companies Recall Ice Cream Over Listeria in Cookie Dough
October 12, 2016 – At least three more companies have recalled ice cream made with potentially contaminated cookie dough pieces distributed by Aspen Hills Inc. Blue Bunny, Chocolate Shoppe and Publix have all issued their own recalls, and more are expected as Aspen Hills distributes to dozens of companies that may be forced to issue their own recalls in the near future.
Do I Have a Blue Bell Cookie Dough Ice Cream Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Blue Bell Ice Cream lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.