Ice cream-maker Blue Bell continues to analyze after a viral video final week confirmed a suspect opening a container of the company’s ice cream within a grocery store, licking the contents, and then returning the container to the shop’s freezer.
Blue Bell believes the viral video was once shot in a Walmart store in Lufkin, Texas. The corporate added that it had all tubs of its Tin Roof-style ice cream eradicated from the shop as a precaution, in step with a press commence.
Within the period in-between, the Lufkin Police Department mentioned it plans to file “acceptable charges” in opposition to the suspect — dubbed the “Lufkin Licker” in some experiences — when she is apprehended, in step with a division Facebook post.
On Wednesday the company mentioned it believes it has identified the explicit container that looks within the video.
“Per security photography, the positioning and the inspection of the carton, we are waiting for about we would possibly perhaps perchance additionally possess recovered the half gallon that was once tampered with,” Blue Bell mentioned, in step with Fortress Worth’s KTXA-TV.
Surveillance photography from the Lufkin Walmart reveals a girl who resembles the suspect within the viral video, police mentioned. The surveillance photography was once shot around 11 p.m. final Friday, they mentioned.
After the video hit the Web on Friday, Blue Bell started investigating Walmart places in San Antonio, Houston and sooner or later Lufkin after social media feedback suggested the girl was once from the San Antonio residence.
The corporate honed in on the Lufkin space after a Blue Bell division supervisor mentioned “atypical merchandising” stumbled on on his store’s point out cupboards matched the background of the video.
“Our greatest field is person safety – in that regard we are fully contented to stumble on the immoral product off the cupboards,” Gerald Williamson, Lufkin’s director of public safety, mentioned on the metropolis’s Police & Fire Facebook net page.
Blue Bell reps mentioned the company’s ice cream is packaged upside down in a contrivance that freezes the ice cream to the roof of the container on motive in mumble that any tampering is most likely with out problems seen by the person, in step with Dallas–Fortress Worth’s FOX 4.
The ice cream producer has faced contamination concerns within the past. In 2015, Blue Bell halted production after 10 folks had been hospitalized across four states from eating ice cream infecting with listeria, CBS Data reported. The federal Centers for Illness Administration and Prevention announced that three folks in Kansas died that yr from eating the bacteria-immoral ice cream and warned the final public in opposition to drinking Blue Bell products.
Lufkin, a metropolis of about 36,000 residents, is about 120 miles northeast of Houston.