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Man claims Blue Bell made him sick; Health Dept. says no confirmed cases of listeria in Ark.

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Concerns came to the THV11 newsroom after several people eat Blue Bell Ice Cream at a birthday party at a local business.

Blue Bell announced a nationwide recall of all their products on Monday. This comes after 10 people got sick across the country. The ice cream was served at Jump Zone, an inflatable indoor playground in Maumelle, before that recall expansion.

The Nelson family stated that a family member got stomach symptoms after eating ice cream at the location last Sunday. They sent THV11 the statement below:

"Like many people, we just assumed it was another gastrointestinal bug. After days of illness, we finally decided to seek medical care at Prime Care in North Little Rock. They inquired specifically about the lot number on the individual containers. We were advised that he had Listeria since he had come into contact with the contaminated ice cream."

A family friend, Joshua Johnston, was at the party and said he's personally seen how sick the 26-year-old has gotten. "He's been having a bunch of stomach issues, diarrhea, vomiting and and stomach pain."

The recall started weeks ago. The Texas-based ice cream company was only recalling the three ounce novelty creamery vanilla cups. There has been a total of 10 sick across the country, leaving three dead in Kansas.

Dr. Gary Wheeler, the chief medical officer at the Arkansas Health Department, says there are no official cases in Arkansas. "At this point, there is no evidence of any listeria that's associated with any individual in Arkansas."

Now that the recall has been expanded to all products, and the department has received calls from consumers recently, Dr. Wheeler said they have closely investigated all complaints. "We have talked to the people that have been complaining, we have not yet identified a case," said Dr. Wheeler.

The owners from Jump Zone say after getting complaints from customers, they contacted their representative and they were advised that there was a problem. They then pulled all Blue Bell products from their freezer and disposed of them.

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