Police in Texas believe they have identified the woman in a viral video who is seen opening a container of Blue Bell ice cream and licking the contents before placing it back in the freezer at a Walmart in Lufkin, NBC.com reports.
Blue Bell staffers recognized the location in the video where the “malicious act of food tampering took place,” according to a statement on Blue Bell’s website. The company inspected the freezer and located the half gallon of Tin Roof that was “tampered with,” the statement said.
The young woman seen in the footage licking the ice cream could face a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product. The Lufkin police department said in an email statement to NBC News that the charge comes with 2-to 20 years prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Investigators have also met with the FDA to determine if additional federal charges should be filed.
Blue Bell has removed all half gallons of the Tin Roof flavor from the Lufkin Walmart case “out of an abundance of caution.”
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