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People Are Selling Listeria-Tainted Blue Bell Ice Cream Online

People Are Selling Listeria-Tainted Blue Bell Ice Cream Online

Craigslist ads have popped up for pints of the recalled ice cream listed for as much as $10,000 a pint

How desperate can you be for some ice cream that you’d pay serious bucks for quasi-contaminated goods?

Have you ever been so desperate for ice cream that you’d put your own health and credit card debt at risk just for a pint of frozen goodness? We didn’t think so. But when Blue Bell ice cream recalled their entire line of products due to a listeria scare that resulted in three deaths and several hospital visits, it didn’t take long for the contaminated ice cream to hit Craigslist.

There have been several sightings of Blue Bell ice cream pints posted on Craigslist and other forums for as much as $10,000 a pint (that’s $625 an ounce!) to capitalize on people desperate to get a taste of Blue Bell’s famous Krazy Kookie Dough ice cream. Since word got out about the frozen black market, eBay put a stop to it and has since removed any Blue Bell ice cream listings on its site.

One of the listings on Craigslist (for $500 a pint) read, “I have half a tub of Blue bell Homemade Vanilla flavor ice cream left. No listeria (I ate the first half and I’m still here). I am willing to sample the Blue Bell in front of legitimate buyers.”

If you’re interested on getting your hands on some guaranteed listeria-free ice cream, you’ll have to wait quite a while, according to Blue Bell’s listeria situation update on May 8.

“So far we have collected approximately 8 million gallons of ice cream, and this phase of the product recall is now complete,” the statement says. “Unfortunately, our training and repair efforts will take longer than we initially anticipated. We don't have a firm timeline for when we will be back, but it will be several months at a minimum.”


Press Releases

BRENHAM, Texas, May 14, 2019 – Blue Bell Ice Cream offers many great-tasting flavors, but one has remained at the top of the list with fans for 50 years. Homemade Vanilla, with its distinct hand-cranked taste, made its debut in stores in 1969 and is one of the most popular flavors of ice cream in the country.

Homemade Vanilla was developed by Howard Kruse, retired Blue Bell CEO and president. He was determined to create an ice cream that tasted like what you made at home on the back porch during the summer, with all of the kids taking turns at the crank. It was no easy task. Kruse worked alongside the company’s research and development staff for more than a year until he found the perfect recipe that captured the exact homemade taste.

“Once we had our Homemade Vanilla,” said Kruse, “the big question was, would the consumer like the flavor? We didn’t know if ice cream fans were ready to accept something that tasted homemade and not like the supermarket ice creams that were popular at the time.”

Kruse was so unsure of the flavor that he only ordered a minimum run of 5,000 cartons of Homemade Vanilla. “The first batch of customers was used as a very large focus group,” he said. “The comments were universally positive. People loved Homemade Vanilla and still do today.”

With an ice cream that successful, Blue Bell eventually began offering it in varieties. Today you can purchase Peaches & Homemade Vanilla™, Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla™ and The Great Divide®. But, if you prefer the original, you have your choice of the half gallon, pint or 3 oz. cup size.

The flavor is so popular Blue Bell even sells items featuring Homemade Vanilla in its gift shop, including t-shirts, coffee mugs, koozies, charms and magnets. Homemade Vanilla is the star in many Blue Bell television commercials. And, you could say it is the most recognized symbol of the company behind its cow and girl logo.

This year, Blue Bell will sell millions of cartons filled with the flavor. The exact formula for Homemade Vanilla is still a closely guarded Blue Bell secret. Many other ice cream companies have followed with their own version. But, Blue Bell will always be the first company to ever successfully mass produce a homemade style ice cream.

“We still receive letters from consumers who say our Homemade Vanilla reminds them of the ice cream they cranked out as kids,” said Ricky Dickson, Blue Bell CEO and president. “It is heartwarming to know, after 50 years, our ice cream can still capture that feeling Mr. Kruse set out to create.”


Blue Bell&rsquos Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream Is Returning To Shelves, And We're Ready To Celebrate

Mardi Gras is still weeks away, but Blue Bell is here to get the party started a lil' early. The ice cream company has released its annual Mardi Gras King Cake ice cream&mdashso make space in your freezer (and stomach) ASAP.

The ice cream was spotted by Instagram account @JunkFoodAdventures at Walmart, innocently perched in the freezer section. &ldquoBlue Bell Mardi Gras king cake ice cream! 🎉&rdquo they wrote in the caption. I mean, no more words necessary.

People were understandably excited and, according to one commenter, the ice cream &ldquotastes exactly like king cake.&rdquo Yessss!

Blue Bell has slowly rolled out the ice cream in years past in select areas (largely in Mardi Gras-loving states Louisiana and Alabama), but last year was the first time they offered it in all areas that sell Blue Bell products. Apparently, the expansion was decided after a grocery store in Louisiana posted about the ice cream on Facebook, and requests started pouring in from across the country. No matter how it started, we feel pretty lucky to be graced by its presence.

The dessert is made up of cinnamon-flavored ice cream, with pastry pieces mixed in. It doesn't stop there: There's also a pretty cream cheese swirl with candy sprinkles. It&rsquos a combo of Blue Bell&rsquos Mardi Gras ice cream (which originally rolled out in 2004) and King Cake ice cream (founded in 2006), and it's 100% delicious.

Like Mardi Gras, this ice cream is only going to hang around for a little while. Your move!!


Blue Bell Creameries’ Directors to Face Investor Claims Over Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries’ directors must face claims that their mismanagement led to a 2015 listeria outbreak that forced the ice-cream maker to recall all its products and lose millions of dollars in sales.

Investors raised legitimate points in a lawsuit questioning whether Blue Bell’s board members did enough to insure the company’s plants didn’t produce contaminated products, Delaware Chancery Judge Joseph Slights said in a ruling made public Friday.

It’s “reasonably conceivable” that Blue Bell officials didn’t use “best efforts” to insure their plants complied with cleanliness requirements, the judge wrote. Slights also threw out other claims made by investors.

The ruling comes as Blue Bell is pushing to get back into more U.S. markets. Stores in Indiana, Kentucky and New Mexico recently put Blue Bell products back on their shelves.

The family-run creamery doesn’t comment on pending litigation, Jenny Van Dorf, a Blue Bell spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement. The company is based in Brenham, Texas.

Blue Bell shut down its production lines in April 2015 when 10 people were hospitalized after eating listeria-tainted ice cream. Three people died and federal regulators cautioned consumers about eating Blue Bell products.

The company was forced to recall more than seven million gallons of ice cream and other lines of frozen treats. That led to the layoff of more than 1,400 workers. Blue Bell was fined $850,000.

Mary Wenske, who owns a stake in Blue Blue’s controlling partnership and represents a trust holding other partnership shares, contends in the Delaware suit that the company’s directors turned a blind eye to several-years’ worth of reports about “unsanitary practices and conditions” at the plants.

The case is Ms. Mary Giddings Wenske v. Blue Bell Creameries Inc., No. 2017-0699, Delaware Chancery Court, (Dover).


Tainted Ice Cream Kills 3 People

Three people in Kansas are dead after eating tainted Blue Bell ice cream, officials with the Food and Drug Administration said.

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement on Friday about the tainted ice cream on its website:

According to the [Centers for Disease Control] and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, five patients who were treated in a single hospital in Kansas were infected with one of four rare strains of Listeria monocytogenes. Three of these strains, which are highly similar, have also been found in products manufactured at the Blue Bell Creameries production facility in Brenham, Texas.

At least five people came down with listeriosis as a result, the FDA reported. "Listeriosis is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium (germ) Listeria monocytogenes," the CDC explained in a statement on its website.

According to a statement on the CDC's website, "all five people were hospitalized at the same hospital for unrelated problems before developing invasive listeriosis&mdasha finding that strongly suggests their infections were acquired in the hospital." All five of the people, including the three that died, were patients at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas and were being treated for various ailments from December 2013 to January 2015.

"Of the four ill people for whom information is available on the foods eaten in the month before Listeria infection, all four consumed milkshakes made with a single-serving Blue Bell brand ice cream product called 'Scoops' while they were in the hospital," the CDC reported.

The FDA reported samples of Listeria monocytogenes were found in Blue Bell products include Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the tainted items are bars and other products, not gallon or pint-sized containers of the ice cream. The products were all food service items and came from one production line at the Blue Bell factory in Texas.

For the first time in 108 years, the Blue Bell company issued a product recall:

One of our machines produced a limited amount of frozen snacks with a potential listeria problem. When this was detected all products produced by this machine were withdrawn. Our Blue Bell team members recovered all involved products in stores and storage. This withdrawal in no way includes our half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three gallon ice cream or the majority of take-home frozen snack novelties.


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Blue Bell Ice Cream is coming back to Kansas City and its surrounding areas on March 18, 2019.

Those cities include:
-Kansas City (metro area)
-Topeka
-Lawrence
-Leavenworth
-Ottawa
-St. Joseph
-Sedalia

No specific store locations have been released, but Blue Bell reassured fans that their products will be available at most major supermarkets and drug stores.

Blue Bell announced that they will be hiring staff for their distribution facility in Kansas City and bringing inventory to the local cities over the next few months.

“It has always been our goal to return to Kansas City, and we believe that we are in a great position to expand our sales territory next year,” said Jimmy Lawhorn, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “Currently, you can purchase Blue Bell in the southeastern corner of Kansas and southwest Missouri. In 2019, we will be able to include larger portions of both states. We can’t thank our customers enough for their patience.”

By May 2015 three people in Kansas died from listeria-tainted Blue Bell products. A total of 10 patients infected with listeria were reported in four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). All ten patients were hospitalized.

In 2016, Blue Bell had to recall ice cream distributed in Kansas and Missouri after another potential listeria bacteria contamination.


Blue Bell ice cream made in Alabama was tainted with Listeria, private lab says

Tests on Blue Bell ice cream done by a private Florida lab show that Blue Bell’s plant in Alabama produced ice cream tainted with Listeria, the first publicized finding of Listeria outside of plants in Texas and Oklahoma.

Blue Bell recalled all of its products from the market in April after tests found Listeria in product made at the main plant in the company’s headquarters town of Brenham and in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Since April, the company consistently said it knew of no positive findings from a smaller plant in Brenham or from the Sylacauga, Ala., production facility. A spokesman said Friday that he could not discuss the location of Listeria due to litigation.

All four plants remain closed.

The family of a 75-year-old Florida retiree — who is not one of the 10 listeriosis cases identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — sent a partially eaten container of Blue Bell’s Original Cookies ’n Cream ice cream to the Kappa Lab in Miami. The family sent the ice cream after the man became seriously ill and developed meningitis after eating the ice cream.

The ice cream sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria especially harmful to the very young, the elderly and pregnant women.

Food safety attorney Bill Marler, who shared the lab report with the media, said he did not have a listeriosis diagnosis for the man, but he said meningitis can develop as a byproduct of eating Listeria-tainted food.

“Does Listeria cause meningitis? Hell yes, it does,” he said. “Period. End of story.”

However, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health said late Friday that meningitis and listeriosis are not related and that the department’s conclusion is that the man did not have listeriosis.

“We looked into it,” said Tiffany Cowie. “There is no case of listeriosis in the state of Florida.”

Marler, who would need to prove cause and effect if he moves forward with a legal case, said the Florida spokeswoman may not have all of the facts.

He said he sent the lab report to both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration. A spokeswoman for the FDA declined to comment.

A spokeswoman for the CDC said no new cases have been uploaded from Florida to a national database called PulseNet.

“Once we have had an expert in the field review the medical records and the positive test, hopefully, the FDA, CDC and Florida Department of Health and the family will be on the same page,” Marler said. “That is certainly my goal.”

The earliest case of illness linked to Blue Bell and documented by the CDC dates back to 2010. Marler, who has not filed any legal cases against Blue Bell, said the retiree ate the ice cream in April, within days of Blue Bell’s decision to pull all of its product from the market.

Blue Bell confirmed that based on product markings, the ice cream was made in Alabama.

“The X [in the product code] indicates that the product was produced in our Sylacauga, Ala., production facility,” said spokesman Joe Robertson. “We have just had this situation brought to our attention, and we, of course, take all such matters very seriously. We are reviewing the third-party lab report we have received, but because this overall situation involves litigation, we are not able to discuss any details of the matter.”

Blue Bell is being sued by a former Houston man who says he suffered serious injury, and lapsed into a coma, after eating Blue Bell ice cream.

Like the Florida retiree, he is not among the 10 documented victims. Marler said he is not aware that any of the 10 or their families have come forward to press a legal claim.

Tests have isolated 15 different Listeria strains in product and-or Blue Bell plants. Only four of those strains have been found in ailing consumers, according to the CDC.


The Little Creamery

A group of local businessmen in Brenham, Texas, decided to establish the Brenham Creamery Company and make butter from excess cream brought in by area farmers. A few years later, the creamery began making ice cream and delivering it to neighbors by horse and wagon. It was in 1930 that the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after the native Texas bluebell wildflower. Butter was produced until 1958 when Blue Bell began to focus full time on making ice cream.

Today, our product lineup includes Blue Bell Ice Cream, Light Ice Cream, No Sugar Added Ice Cream, Sherbet and frozen snacks. Each one is distributed to supermarkets and food stores through our direct store delivery program. Direct store delivery means that no one other than a Blue Bell employee handles the product from the time it is made until it reaches the grocery store. This is one of the ways that Blue Bell ensures consumers get the freshest possible ice cream.

Our growth has been slow – it wasn’t until the 1980s that Blue Bell became available outside of Texas – but it has been steady. Although Blue Bell is only available in a portion of the nation’s supermarkets, it ranks as one of the best-selling ice creams in the country. Our products are sold in 22 states. No matter how much the market grows, quality standards never change and are never compromised. That’s why some folks say, “Blue Bell is the best ice cream in the country.”

Our commitment to you.

Our customers are the very best in the world, and Blue Bell is committed to making the very best ice cream for you to enjoy. We proudly make Blue Bell Ice Cream the old-fashioned way, using the most delicious and highest quality ingredients. We top it off with the special skills and knowledge we’ve developed over more than 100 years of crankin’ out more flavors than you can shake a spoon at.

In fact, we care so much about delivering on our commitment, we go the extra mile for our customers. We have become a leader in ice cream safety, with enhanced production facilities and processes. Our commitment to safety is renewed every day through our extensive daily cleaning and sanitation, employee safety procedures and product testing program. In fact, our ice cream is not shipped to stores until independent tests confirm it is safe.

And only Blue Bell employees handle our ice cream from the moment the ingredients arrive at our creamery until it’s hand-delivered to your store.

Watch below to learn more about how we make what some say is, the best ice cream in the country.

Our History

A lot has changed since 1907.

One thing that remains the same is how we make ice cream. But how did this little creamery from the small town of Brenham, Texas, become a top-selling ice cream company?

By working to make each new spoonful of your favorite flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream taste as delicious as the last.


Major Retailers Are Pulling Blue Bell Ice Cream After Recent Recall and Listeria Scare

UPDATE: According to NBC News, Blue Bell Creameries is now voluntarily recalling its entire product line, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks due to possible listeria contamination. A press release from the Texas-based ice cream company revealed they will be introducing more extensive safety measures, while CEO and President Paul Kruse issued an apology to all of their loyal fans and customers. "We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, 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," he said.

As the weather gets warmer, we're getting more and more excited to enjoy one of our favorite summer treats&ndashice cream! But if you're already indulging in the creamy treat, you may want to consider staying away from a few specific Blue Bell Creameries products right now, which have recently been linked to an outbreak of listeria.

Earlier this month, Kansas health officials claimed three people died between January 2014 and January 2015 after contracting listeriosis at a hospital where Blue Bell products were served. In response, the Texas-based company issued a voluntary recall on March 13 for its 3 oz. chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream cups, which can still be returned for a full refund. Other Blue Bell ice cream products, including half gallons, pints, quarts, 3 gallons and other 3 oz. cups, were not included in the recall.

Last Friday, Blue Bell issued an announcement that the company was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant after a chocolate ice cream cup tested positive for listeria. This past Saturday, the Texas grocery chain H-E-B, one of the nation's largest retailers of Blue Bell ice cream, announced that they would be pulling all Blue Bell products from its shelves as a precautionary measure. And now, Sam's Club and Kroger have also decided to follow H-E-B's lead, pulling Blue Bell ice cream, according to an AP report.

For more information on whether a product you recently bought may have been made in the contaminated facility, visit the Blue Bell website.


Blue Bell Creameries Recalls All of Its Products Over Listeria Fears

Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall of all its products currently in stores around the United States and internationally. According to a press release, the company is concerned its products — which include ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks — might be contaminated with Listeria, a serious and potentially deadly bacteria.

Listeria-tainted ice cream has been a recent ongoing problem for the company. The Washington Post notes that last month, Blue Bell issued its first recall in its 108-year history after ice cream contaminated with the bacteria "was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital and additional illnesses in Kansas and Texas." apologized in a video on the company's website, adding in a written statement: "We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, 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." Kruse notes in the press release that the company "cannot say with certainty how Listeria was introduced" into Blue Bell's production facilities.

Listeria can cause fatal infections in children, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stilbirths in pregnant women. In healthy individuals, the bacteria can cause symptoms like high fever, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

2015 has been quite the year for recalls. Last month, prepared foods brand Amy's Kitchen issued a recall of some of its products out of fear they might be contaminated with Listeria as well. Just a few days before that, Kraft recalled 242,000 boxes of its popular Macaroni & Cheese because they may have contained small pieces of metal.


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