March 28, 2015

Oklahoma’s Key Role in Blue Bell Listeria Investigation

Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups Listeria Recall

Listeria problems with Blue Bell ice cream were thought to be associated with a single machine at the company's manufacturing facility in Brenham, Texas. Tests on products made there contained the same unusual strains of the bacteria that killed three people and sickened two others at Via Christi hospital in Wichita, all of whom had eaten Blue Bell ice cream during their hospitalizations for unrelated illnesses. But earlier this week, tests on a different product made at different location, Blue Bell's plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, were also positive for Listeria. The product, a 3-ounce ice cream cup, was made specifically for Blue Bell's institutional clients such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools and shipped to 23 states. No illnesses have been linked to Blue Bell products … [Read more...]

La Terra Fina Organic Spinach Dip Recalled for Listeria


La Terra Fina is recalling spinach dips sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores for possible Listeria contamination. No illnesses has been reported at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. The recall was issued after La Terra Fina received a recall notice from its organic spinach supplier of possible Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed to Costco stores in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions and Smart & Final stores along the West Coast only. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, dizziness and gastrointestinal symptoms. Young children, pregnant … [Read more...]

Cadia, Meijer, Wild Harvest, Wegmans Frozen Spinach Recalled for Listeria


Cadia, Meijer, Wild Harvest and Wegmans brands of  frozen spinach are being recalled for potential Listeria contamination. Coastal Green Vegetable Company LLC of Oxnard, CA  supplied the spinach to Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington which distributed the product sold under those four brand names. Cadia is the store brand for Tops Markets. Wild Harvest is a Supervalu brand. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Symptoms of an infection include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. These … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall: Blue Bell Ice Cream at Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Via Christi Hospital patients sickened by Listeria from ice cream

Blue Bell ice cream cups recalled March 23 for Listeria were distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other institutional food service operations, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recalled 3-ounce cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream were manufactured at Blue Bell's facility in Broken Arrow, Okla. and distributed to 23 states. Distribution to schools, hospitals and nursing homes is troubling as children, pregnant women, the elderly and the sick are at highest risk for Listeria infections. This recall is in addition the 10 single serving products Blue Bell withdrew from the market earlier this month after one of them, Scoops, was linked to a Listeria outbreak at Via Christi hospital in Wichita that … [Read more...]

Rising Moon Ravioli Recalled for Possible Listeria


Carmel Food Group of Hayward, Calif. is recalling certain Rising Moon Organics frozen Ravioli for the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The ravioli products contain organic spinach which has been recalled after it tested positive for Listeria. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as  Listeria can cause severe illness and death. Seniors, children, those with compromised immune systems and pregnant women are most at risk. In the recent Listeria outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples, 11 of the 35 cases of illness were linked to pregnancy. PritzkerOlsen, a national food safety law firm, filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New Mexico woman whose son was born several months prematurely and … [Read more...]

Listeria Illness Linked to 2014 Wawona Stone Fruit Recall

Sweet 2 Eat Listeria Recall f

Listeria in stone fruit produced by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif,  has been linked to at least one illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This marks the first time stone fruit has been linked to Listeria illness. In July 2014, Wawona recalled certain lots of stone fruit including whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots for potential contamination with Listeria monocytognes. The fruits were sold at a number of stores including Costco, Sam’s Club and Trader Joe’s. The recall stated that no illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall. But many people suspected they were ill. Food Poisoning Bulletin received dozens of contacts from concerned consumers. So did public health agencies. "After the initial recall, clinicians, … [Read more...]

Outbreaks Show Freezing Doesn’t Kill Listeria, E. coli

HUS Lawyer for Farm Rich Outbreak

The Blue Bell Listeria outbreak is another example of how dangerous bacteria  such as Listeria and E.coli can survive freezing temperatures. Rare strains of Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream served to patients at Via Christi hospital in Wichita gave five of them listeriosis. Three people died. The source of the outbreak was traced to a machine at the company's Brenham, Texas facility that produced single serving ice cream treats such as ice cream bars, sandwiches and individually packaged scoops of ice cream. Many of the potentially contaminated products were distributed for use in food service, which was also the case with another frozen food outbreak. in 2013. An E. coli outbreak linked to Farm Rich frozen products sickened 35 people in 19 states in 2013. Most of them were under … [Read more...]

Target Recalls Blue Bell No Sugar Added Mooo Bars for Listeria

Blue Bell Listeria Recall

Target is recalling Blue Bell No Sugar Added Mooo Bars for potential Listeria contamination. The recall stems from a Listeria outbreak linked to single serving ice cream products made on a production line at Blue Bell's Brenham facility. Five people who were patients at Via Christi hospital in Wichita between January 2014 and January 2015 contracted listeriosis from contaminated Blue Bell ice cream they were served while hospitalized for unrelated illnesses.  Three of them died. Lab tests have established that the rare Listeria strains cultured from the five Via Christi patients match those found in Blue Bell ice cream products made on one production line at Blue Bell's Brenham facility. The company’s CEO says the machine is no longer in use and products  affected, many of which … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Halts Production of Line Linked to Listeria Outbreak

Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream

Blue Bell has halted production of ice cream products linked to a Listeria outbreak that sickened five patients at Via Christi hospital in Wichita killing three of them.  Most of the products in question were distributed to food service operations rather than retail stores, the company's CEO Paul Kruse has said in interviews. After Listeria was discovered in Blue Bell products during routine testing by South Carolina's department of health in February, the problem was traced back to Blue Bell's facility in Brenham, Texas. The specific source of contamination was traced to a machine that creates ice cream bars, sandwiches and single scoops, Kruse told ABC News.  The machine wasn't properly sanitized, he told It is not currently in use, he said. The Texas Department of … [Read more...]

Two Ice Cream Listeria Outbreaks in Three Months

Ice cream

In the last three months, there have been two Listeria outbreaks linked to ice cream: the Blue Bell Listeria outbreak at Via Christi hospital in Wichita and the Snoqualmie ice cream outbreak in Seattle. The Blue Bell outbreak took place over a 12-month period starting in January 2014, but was only discovered recently. Five people hospitalized at Via Christi for unrelated illnesses during 2014  all contracted Listeria infections from Blue Bell ice cream they were served. Three people died. Blue Bell withdrew products from the market and ceased production on the line associated with the problem. However, public health officials urge consumers to check their freezers for products potentially contaminated with Listeria. They include: Chocolate Chip Country Cookie SKU # 196, Great Divide Bar … [Read more...]

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