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Blue Bell Creameries Recalls ALL OF ITS PRODUCTS for Fear of Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Last updated April 22, 2015

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD MPH

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Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products (04/20/2015), including ice creams, sherbets, frozen yogurts, and other snacks.


Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products (04/20/2015), including ice creams, sherbets, frozen yogurts, and other snacks, owing to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes following an enhanced sampling program. This follows the company’s previous recall of a few ice cream flavors and sizes in March and early April 2015.

Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that it is an important public health problem in the United States. Of the estimated 1600 people who get infected each year in the USA, death occurs in 260 cases.

The population most at risk:

  • Elderly and frail adults (4 times more likely to get infected than the general population)
  • Newborns
  • Pregnant women
  •  People with weakened immune systems

The CDC states that in rare cases, persons without the above-mentioned risk factors could also get affected. 

So far, Blue Bell Creameries reports five cases of Listeriosis in Kansas and three in Texas. 

If you believe that you might have consumed a contaminated product and have one or more of the following symptoms, consult a doctor immediately:

  • Severe Headache
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • High fever
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue 

Warning for pregnant women:

  • Pregnant women are ten times more likely to get infected with Listeria than the general population. The risk is even higher for pregnant Hispanic women, as they are 24 times more likely to get Listeria infection.
  • The symptoms are usually non-specific such as fatigue, muscle aches, etc., although fever can also occur.
  • Listeria infection during pregnancy could potentially lead to miscarriage, pre-term labor, stillbirth, or serious infection in the newborn.

If you are pregnant and think you might have been exposed to Listeria contaminated food, please consult your doctor immediately.

Written by Mangala Sarkar Ph.D.

References

(2015 Apr 20). Blue Bell Creameries Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include All of its Products Due to Possible Health Risk.Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm443724.htm

(2015 Apr 10). Blue Bell Creameries Recall: Suspected Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination.Retrieved from http://www.dovemed.com/current-medical-news/blue-bell-creameries-recall/

(2015 Mar 16). Listeria (Listeriosis).Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/

Scallan, E., Hoekstra, R.M., Angulo, F.J., Tauxe, R.V., Widdowson, M.A., Roy, S.L., Jones, J.L., Griffin, P.M. Foodborne illness acquired in the United States--major pathogens. Emerging infectious diseases, 2011, 17(1), pp. 7-15.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Listeria Illnesses, Deaths, and Outbreaks - United States, 2009-2011. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2013, 62(22), pp. 448-52. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6222a4.htm?s_cid=mm6222a4_w

(2013 Jan 10). Sources. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/sources.html

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First uploaded: April 22, 2015
Last updated: April 22, 2015