CDC: Blue Bell Listeria Investigation goes back several years

This recall is a BIG one and seems to be growing! I expect that this will erode their customer base and customer confidence for years to come. It will be interesting to see how they change the way they do business, and how they get their customers back.

US Food Safety

CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any Blue Bell brand products, and that institutions and retailers do not serve or sell them.

This is a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak investigation of listeriosis illnesses occurring over several years. Several strains of Listeria monocytogenes are involved in this outbreak. Information indicates that various Blue Bell brand products are the source of this outbreak.

As of April 21, 2015, a total of ten patients infected with several strains of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). Illness onset dates ranged from January 2010 through January 2015. The patients with illness onsets ranging from 2010-2014 were identified through a retrospective review of the PulseNet database for DNA fingerprints that were similar to isolates collected from Blue Bell ice cream samples. Since the last update on April 8, 2015, two additional patients, one each…

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