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Sign of transparency: Blue Bell reopens the observation deck

Access to the observation deck at Blue Bell Creameries plant in Brenham, TX, is free and open to the public again for self-guided tours for those who want to see how ice cream is made. It was last open before the iconic ice cream company went through a crushing Listeria outbreak two years ago that… Continue Reading

CORRECTED: Blue Bell asks FDA if it can return to ‘industry norm’

CORRECTED CONTENT: Blue Bell Creameries wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release it from certain food safety precautions imposed after its ice cream was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, seeking permission for less expensive practices it refers to as  “the industry norm.” There is no word on FDA’s response to the request, which… Continue Reading

Fifth ice cream brand recalled because of cookie dough Listeria

Although testing by Blue Bell Creameries in September revealed Listeria contamination and spurred recalls by Blue Bell, three other ice cream companies and a cookie dough manufacturer, a fifth ice cream company just announced a recall, saying it wasn’t notified about the problem until this past week. “Cedar Crest was notified on Nov. 10 that… Continue Reading

Blue Bell recalls ice cream for Listeria; blames supplier

Within days of heralding their products’ return to grocery stores in three states, officials with Blue Bell Creameries quietly recalled two flavors of cookie dough ice cream from 10 states because of Listeria concerns. Discovered to have had Listeria monocytogenes problems at its production facilities in recent years, Blue Bell remains under federal investigation related… Continue Reading

Texas puts Blue Bell Creameries on a short leash; imposes fine

Owners of Blue Bell Creameries LP have agreed to pay a fine in Texas in relation to a deadly Listeria outbreak, but possibly more significant is that health officials will have the company on a short leash for 18 months. The agreement between Blue Bell and the Texas State Department of Health Services requires the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?

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It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Resumes Ice Cream Production at Texas Plant

After recall, products gradually returning to stores

Blue Bell Creameries is again producing ice cream at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, the company announced Nov. 18, and it will embark on phases three and four of a five-phase product distribution plan in December. The Brenham plant will be operating on a “limited basis” while the effectiveness of new procedures, facility enhancements and employee… Continue Reading

CBS News: Former Blue Bell Workers Claim Management Ignored Food Safety Problems

An investigative report airing Monday night on the CBS Evening News says that former workers at the Blue Bell Creameries headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, complained to management about unsanitary conditions there long before the nationwide recall of the company’s ice cream products for Listeria contamination. However, they claim that their concerns were ignored. The report, by… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Rings a Warning to Us All: Will the Next Outbreak Be Yours?

I spend a lot of time helping food companies eliminate food safety risks in their operations that can make people sick. It’s a tough job. That’s because many of the foods we eat are really quite dangerous. They are also difficult to keep safe. Within just the past 12 months, a broad array of foods… Continue Reading

Four Months After Recall, Blue Bell Ice Cream is Returning to ‘Select Markets’ in Two Weeks

Four months after a total product recall, Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin distributing its ice cream to select markets (mainly in southern states) two weeks from today. A company statement posted Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, indicates that Blue Bell officials have notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health officials in Alabama and Texas… Continue Reading