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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

Granny Smith Apples Sold in Minnesota Recalled for Potential Contamination


Northstar Produce Inc. of St. Louis Park, MN, is recalling 33 cases of Granny Smith size 175-ct. apples because a test performed on a sample of the apples indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and/or Enterohemorrhagic E. coli. The Granny Smith size 175-ct. apples were sold at Mike’s Discount Foods, 230 Osborn Ave., Fridley, MN,… Continue Reading

CT Firm Recalls Assorted Meat Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Adolf's smoked kielbasa label

Adolf’s Meat Products of Hartford, CT, is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. The following items, produced on Oct. 20, 2015, are subject to recall: 14 lb. of Smoked Kielbasa 100 lb…. Continue Reading

Whole Foods Recalls Salads in Northeast Over Listeria Contamination


No illnesses have yet been associated with a recall of bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad for possible Listeria contamination. The recall was issued by Whole Market out Cambridge Massachusetts. The recall involves Whole Foods in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. A sampling… Continue Reading

Final Update: 3 Deaths, 30 Illnesses in Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese


Update: CDC declared this Listeria outbreak investigation over on Oct. 23. The final case count was 30 in 10 states. Three deaths were reported — two from California and one from Ohio. The original story from Sept. 18 follows: Whole genome sequencing has allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to connect at least 24… Continue Reading

Feds Seize Frozen Crab Products for Potential Listeria Contamination

Recalled crab meat

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, federal government officials seized approximately 5,000 cases of frozen, processed crab products manufactured by Rome Packing Company Inc. of East Providence, RI, because the crab meat is suspected to be contaminated with harmful bacteria. In a complaint unsealed today, the government alleged that Rome Packing, formerly based in East Providence, R.I.,… Continue Reading

A Bad Knee-Jerk Reaction to Good Research



Research studies are generally good. They can add to our knowledge and understanding of our world. However, making decisions based on any one study — especially before we understand it fully — is not good. In fact, that leads to the type of knee-jerk reaction we saw when one retailer recently decided to withdraw unrefrigerated… Continue Reading

Citing Food Safety Risk, Retailer Removes Unrefrigerated Caramel Apples From Stores

Packaged caramel apple

The Kroger Co. of Cincinnati, OH, announced Thursday, Oct. 15, that its retail grocery stores would withdraw from sale unrefrigerated caramel apples that have been pierced with dipping sticks due to new scientific evidence that the product, if left unrefrigerated, may present a health risk. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

U.S. Apple Industry Gears Up to Comply With FDA’s FSMA Rules

Apple orchard

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is more than a well-known saying — it’s also what many people believe to be time-tested truth. And the tradition of giving an apple to a teacher on the first day of school also says something about the apple’s solid reputation for being healthy and tasty. In the… Continue Reading

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

Jim Axelrod and former Blue Bell worker

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