Seek and ye shall find: Multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Blue Bell Creameries products

As Blue Bell ice cream thingies recalled more products, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced that eight people are now sick – including three dead — and that this is a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring over an extended period.

listeria4Recent testing of product samples from the Blue Bell Creameries Oklahoma production facility identified Listeria monocytogenes strains in product sold at retail that were not included in the previous two recalls, including a pint of banana pudding ice cream.

On April 3, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries reported that they had voluntarily suspended operations at the Oklahoma production facility.

On April 4, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries began working with retailers to remove all products made in the Oklahoma production facility from the market.

On April 7, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries announced a third product recall that includes banana pudding ice cream pints and other products made on the same production line in the Oklahoma production facility from February 12, 2015 to

Today’s USA Today has a greatest hits of Listeria outbreaks, as well as a brief summary of why Listeria shows up and can be deadly.

As a food safety father of five daughters, Listeria is one of the things that always entered into food decisions.