Listeria found in Blue Bell products has reportedly been linked 10 illnesses, three of which resulted in deaths, in Kansas and three other states. According to a report by The Guardian, the listeria outbreak may have started as early as 2010.
If you or a loved one consumed a Blue Bell food product and suffered illness, contact Attorney Group for Kansas to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney. State laws limit the time you have to pursue a claim, so contact us today.
Five Listeria Cases at Kansas Hospital Linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream
Investigators were reportedly first notified of a potential contamination issue when five patients were taken to a hospital in Kansas after having reportedly consumed milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream. By collecting various listeria strains, testing other Blue Bell ice cream products and running the results through a database of previous cases, investigators were able to link Blue Bell ice cream to past listeria cases.
According to The Guardian report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been collecting samples from people who were affected by listeria, but whose sicknesses were never linked to a particular product since 2004. The outbreak has now been linked to illnesses as early as 2010.
Blue Bell has acknowledged that, while it had performed regular tests on its products before shipping, after the most recent Blue Bell ice cream recall, it will be testing each batch before it ships. In a statement, the company reported that it will test every single product and held for release to consumers only after the tests conclude that that particular batch is safe. The company also has plans to expand its sanitation and cleaning system and invest in more comprehensive employee training.
Injured Consumers May Be Eligible for Compensation
Consumers injured after eating Blue Bell ice cream or other Blue Bell frozen products may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injury, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of those killed may be able to pursue claims for the wrongful death of their loved one.
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If you or a loved one consumed Blue Bell Ice Cream and suffered illness, contact Attorney Group for Kansas for more information about your options. Your call is free, confidential, and without any obligation. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney. State laws limit the time you have to pursue a claim, so contact us today.