The public recently received news of a recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream due to eight cases of Listeria poisoning that occurred in Kansas and Texas, in which three of the patients died. As a result, the company’s factory in Broken Arrow Oklahoma was closed to determine the source of the contamination. These reports have sparked new concerns about the safety of our food supply and how manufacturing plants ensure that their products are produced in a safe and healthy manner. Listeria is only one type of pathogen that can contaminate foods, and it can have severe effects in some individuals.
Listeria food poisoning can cause a number of symptoms that can vary between individuals. In some people, symptoms can be severe and can lead to death. Anyone exhibiting signs of listeriosis should see a doctor immediately:
- Nausea and vomiting
Abdominal pain and cramping
Joint and muscle pain
Causes Of Listeria Contamination
Listeria monocytogenes are commonly found in soil and water. The bacterium can find its way into these sources when manure is used as fertilizer. Animals can have the bacterium without appearing sick, which transfers it to animal, vegetable and dairy products. Pasteurization kills the bacteria, but foods can become contaminated after this process.
When An Outbreak Occurs
A blood or spinal test is used to determine the presence of the Listeria bacterium. When an outbreak occurs, government agencies may demand a recall of the item to prevent further illness among the public. A thorough investigation is done to determine the source of the contamination, and more rigorous efforts to prevent contamination are implemented.
Personal Injury Lawsuits From Food Contamination
Because of the public admission of the processor of Blue Bell Ice Cream, individuals who have become ill from consuming the product and can prove their illness was directly caused by the product may have a successful product liability lawsuit against the company. They may be eligible for compensation for medical costs, loss of wages and other expenses.
If you or a loved one has become ill from Listeria contamination or other type of food poisoning, contact the law office of Frasier Frasier & Hickman, LLP at 918-779-3658