To the excitement of many Texans, Blue Bell ice cream is back on the supermarket shelves. Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products at selected locations this week, four months after the company halted production because of a listeria contamination.
Back in April, the company voluntarily recalled its products after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. Listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, especially in pregnant women, elderly adults, and those with weakened immune systems. After the recall, Blue Bell disposed of eight million gallons of ice cream and ice cream products.
Production plants in Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma underwent extensive cleaning and decontamination under the oversight of health officials. Finally, the Blue Bell plant in Alabama began producing ice cream in July. The ice cream became available at stores in the Houston and Austin area this week, including in Blue Bell’s hometown of Brenham, as well as in parts of Alabama.
Companies whose products harm consumers are legally liable for the damages their products cause. In this situation, Blue Bell voluntarily recalled its products for months after learning of the ice cream contamination. In many cases, companies refuse to issue a recall until forced to do so. They often go to great lengths to hide problems in order to avoid issuing a costly recall.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous product, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or reach out to us on Facebook. You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.