Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from a private laboratory that found evidence of listeria in a carton of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant.
Brent McRae, 75, of Florida, who had recently eaten Blue Bell’s Cookies `n Cream ice cream, fell ill with meningitis in April, said his lawyer Bill Marler of Seattle. The man’s wife sent the half-gallon container of ice cream to Kappa Laboratories of Miami, and it tested positive for listeria, said Marler, who shared a copy of the report with The Associated Press. A product code on the bottom of the carton indicated it was manufactured in Alabama. Blue Bell said it is reviewing the test results.
The company issued a national recall after the company’s ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, and three deaths in Kansas. The contaminated products have been found at the company’s Texas and Oklahoma plants, but so far not at its Sylacauga, Alabama, facility.
“We have just had this situation brought to our attention, and we of course take all such matters very seriously,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
Marler, a lawyer specializing in foodborne illness cases, said McRae has not filed a lawsuit against Blue Bell, but is considering it.
Health officials have not connected the man’s illness to the national outbreak.