After multiple positive tests for listeria in their products, Blue Bell has pulled all ice cream products from their shelves.
After multiple positive test results for the bacteria Listeria, Blue Bell has pulled all ice cream products from store shelves. Three people have died, and five others were sickened due to the bacteria that may have come from Blue Bell products.
In a written statement, Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse explained the reason behind removing all of its ice cream products from stores.
“At this point, we cannot say with certainty how Listeria was introduced to our facilities, and so we have taken this unprecedented step.”
This drastic move follows a string of recalls that began in March after listeria was found in a package of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream cups in Kansas. Early in April, the company expanded the recall to other specific pints and half-gallon sizes of ice cream.
Blue Bell has currently documented seven cases of listeriosis across Kansas and Texas, with more cases possible. Most people who are sickened with Listeria suffer from fevers, headaches, nausea and body aches with varying levels of severity.
Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse released a public statement in which he apologized to loyal customers and explained new safety measures to be put in place.
“We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing,” Kruse promised, “and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe.”