People Are Reselling Blue Bell Ice Cream Online Even Though They Might Be Contaminated With Listeria
Look, we know that people really love their Blue Bell ice cream. Many people were devastated when Blue Bell recalled all its products in April after a listeria contamination was discovered at the company's plants in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma. Blue Bell offered full refunds to customers and cooperated fully with authorities as it tried to determine the cause of the contamination. But apparently people are reselling their Blue Bell ice cream on Craigslist and eBay, despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and the company to not eat the products.
Yes, there appears to be a Blue Bell black market for ice cream that may be contaminated with a deadly bacteria. According to KPRC-TV in Houston, one buyer claimed to have half-gallons of Blue Bell available for sale. "This ad doesn't have to be the great divide, so don't banana split on me, and shoot me a text and come on down for some pre-listeria goodness," the ad stated, according to KPRC.
In Dallas, local CBS affiliate KTVT reported it found a few varieties of Blue Bell ice cream listed on eBay: a gallon of Cookies and Cream flavor could be had for $50 and a pint of Dutch Chocolate was going for $10. EBay has since removed those listings, KTVT reported, since it is against the online auction site's policy to allow sales of recalled goods. In Fort Worth, Texas, a gallon of Blue Bell is going for $10,000 . All that's missing apparently is one bowl to prove the gallon is Listeria free.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10 people in four states became sick from the listeria outbreak, and three people have died. It should go without saying (but apparently it needs to be said) that listeria is not something to screw around with. You can get extremely sick from eating any food contaminated with the bacteria. The FDA website describes the symptoms of listeriosis (which is what you get when you ingest listeria): Fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms can show up a few days or even a few weeks after infection.
For its part, Blue Bell told The Dallas Morning News it would be "ambitious" to have its products back on shelves by Memorial Day, and that the company did not plan to try to rush the process. Seriously people, no ice cream is worth getting infected by listeria.