Friday, April 24, 2015
Port-of-Spain, April 24th, 2015:
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled products were shipped to customers in the United States, and some Caribbean Countries including Trinidad and Tobago.
Consumers who purchased these products should not eat it. If these products are in your freezer they should be thrown away, even if some of them have been eaten without anyone becoming ill.
The Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division urges consumers who have purchased these items to contact the Ministry of Health, Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division at the toll free line: 800-2333 (CFDD) or 623-2834 or 623-5242.