According to KEYE-TV in San Antonio, Texas, people are trying to sell recalled Blue Bell ice cream on Craigslist. And that isn’t the only case.
A Dallas Craigslist ad offers Blue Bell Vanilla flavor, and another ad in Houston offers the recalled product. Blue Bell ice cream and all of its other products were recalled for Listeria monocytogenes last month. The ice cream is linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has killed three people and sickened at least ten.
Some offers were made on eBay, but that company does have a policy against selling recalled items. All of those offers have been removed by the company.
It is against the law to resell foods that have been recalled for issues such as bacterial contamination. There is one exception: meat. Raw meat that has been recalled can be cooked and sold legally, with no notice on the label that the meat had been subject to recall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that no one eat any Blue Bell products, and that retailers do not sell them. It is illegal to resell recalled consumer products such as recalled baby car seats and other consumer goods, according to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
Food law in this country states that all foods sold must be “wholesome and fit for consumption.” Any product that is dangerous to consumers is subject to potential action by the FDA to remove it from commerce.