Product Liability

Blue Bell Recall now Includes Louisiana

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Product Liability | 0 comments

Tainted ice cream products in Louisiana are being recalled from retail establishments beginning April 9, 2015. It is the latest in the effort to remove dangerous products from circulation. The ice cream company has already issued recalls in 21 other states.

Certain product lines produced by the Blue Bell Creameries plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was found to be contaminated by one of four strains of Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause a rare but serious food borne infection called listeriosis which is particularly deadly for young children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Listeriosis does not always have fatal consequences for healthy individuals, but it can cause pregnant women to miscarry. The symptoms include fever, chills, muscle pain, nausea and diarrhea.

The alarm bells went off when five people confined at a Kansas hospital for unrelated reasons began to manifest symptoms of listeriosis. This prompted an investigation that eventually led to the discovery of contaminated products in the Broken Arrow plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspect that the patients contracted the infection while in the hospital. Three of the five infected patients have since died.

Blue Bell Creamery has also issued a recall of products originating from their Brenham, Texas plant when testing showed batches of banana pudding ice cream was also tainted. An official statement from the company claim that no incidents of infection have been associated with the Brenham products.
Nevertheless, Blue Bell is liable for any cases that may crop up. It is still too early to say that no cases will develop. The manifestations of listeriosis are non-specific, which can make diagnosis difficult. Unless the patient suspects an infection, it may not even be reported. Consumers in Louisiana who have recently purchased Blue Bell products should check if the package has a code date at the bottom that ends in O, P, Q, R, S or T. If it has, it can be refunded in full.

As pointed out on the Facebook pageĀ of The Mokaram Law Firm, consumers have a right to expect that the food and other products they buy are safe. If the manufacturer fails to take proper steps to ensure this, they can be held liable for any injuries or damage that results. If you have been a victim of a dangerous product, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state to find out your rights.

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