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Why Listeria Became Deadly?

Steve Wagner

Three deaths have been confirmed as a result of Listeria poisoning after the consumption of Blue Bell Ice Cream, products that now all have an official recall placed on them, and have disappeared from grocery store shelves indefinitely.

According to a recent investigation by WishTV 8, the Listeria concerns from multiple Blue Bell manufacturing plants date all the way back to March of 2013, and they were not well taken care of when originally discovered, causing the problem to worsen rather than improve.

Blue Bell spokespeople have stated that they are conducting a thorough re-evaluation of all of their processes, as well as a full cleaning process to eliminate the bacteria from all three of their plant locations (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Brenham, Texas, & Sylacauga, Alabama) before manufacturing will resume. The Oklahoma plant has been shut down completely, and operations at the other two are halted until further notice.

So What Is Listeria?

According to FoodSafety.gov:

  • Listeria is the name of a bacteria found in soil and water and some animals, including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats.
  • Listeria is unlike many other germs because it can grow even in the cold temperature of the refrigerator. Listeria is killed by cooking and pasteurization.

Wagner Reese – Indianapolis Injury Attorneys

If you have consumed a food that was likely contaminated with Listeria, seek medical attention immediately. If you have been affected by this bacteria as the result of someone else’s negligence, like the Blue Bell cases, call the product liability and personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.

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