Residents of Texas, Michigan, Kansas, and other states have recently been put at risk of developing serious medical problems due to the ingestion of deadly bacteria present in some Blue Bell ice cream and other products. In fact, on April 20, 2015, Blue Bell said it was recalling all of its “ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen treats because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”
Other products may also be posing threats to people’s health. According to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Sabra dipping Co. is recalling 30,000 cases of hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria.”
Since only random samplings of these products are being tested, consumers should avoid eating any of them in the near future. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, “three people in [our] state have died from listeria . . . [during] the past year, possibly due to Blue Bell products.” Please keep reading below for additional information about these food product recalls.
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Recognizing Symptoms of Listeria Poisoning (Which May Mimic Other Illnesses)
Basically healthy consumers who eat food tainted with listeria may only experience: “short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.” However, young children – or those who are elderly, frail or suffer from weakened immune systems -- can develop “serious and sometimes fatal infections.”
Additional Facts About the Blue Bell and Sabra Hummus Recalls – And Listeria
- Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. “Blue Bell’s decision to yank all of its products came after tests showed some half-gallon containers of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream contained listeria;”
- Different Blue Bell plants are involved. “Blue Bell has now had several positive tests for listeria in distant places and plants;”
- Five people still in the hospital in Kansas. Although all five of these people are now “being treated in the same hospital for unrelated causes” -- four of the five patients with documented cases of listeriosis “drank milkshakes at the hospital made with Blue Bell ice cream” per state health officials;
- Every year about 1,600 Americans become seriously ill due to listeria. About 16% of these cases result in death;
- Earlier 2015 Blue Bell recall. In March 2015, Blue Bell “recalled 3-ounce cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream after a test found listeria in one of the cups in Kansas;”
- Texas had three cases of listeria between 2011 and 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the tests run on these listeria strains "were nearly identical to Listeria strains isolated from ice cream produced at the Blue Bell Creameries' Oklahoma facility;”
- Michigan store hummus tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. However, no human infections have been reported – which may just mean that either only very healthy individuals have eaten this food and suffered little – or that none of the potentially contaminated food has been ingested as of this date;
- Blood tests are required to prove the presence of listeria poisoning. If you suspect that you may have ingested listeria, your doctor will order lab tests to confirm its presence. If the test results prove positive for the bacteria, your county health department will be directly notified. Please be aware that specific antibiotics are usually prescribed for anyone who tests positive.
For more information regarding the ten cases of Listeria, please read the following article: http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Blue-Bell-Recalls-All-Products-Nationwide-300746801.html