Private lab says listeria found in Alabama-made Blue Bell ice cream

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a laboratory report concluding that listeria was found in ice cream made at its Alabama plant.

Seattle lawyer Bill Marler said a client of his from Florida had a carton of Blue Bell ice cream from her freezer tested by a private lab after her 75-year-old husband became ill with meningitis. Marler said Miami-based Kappa Laboratories tested the ice cream, which had been manufactured in Alabama. He shared a copy of the report with The Associated Press.

The company says it is reviewing the report.

Blue Bell issued a national recall after the company’s ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, and three deaths in Kansas.

Listeria is one of several types of bacteria that can cause meningitis, particularly in older adults.