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CDC Says Its Investigation Into Listeria Outbreak is Over

Blue Bell responds to FDA inspection reports

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is over, according to an update the agency issued on Wednesday, June 10. A total of 10 people with listeriosis related to this outbreak were reported from four states, CDC stated. They are: Arizona (1),… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Signs Agreement With AL Similar to Those With TX, OK

Listeria control plans are key to marketplace return

Bluebell Ice Cream

Blue Bell Creameries has signed a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health laying out a series of steps the company plans to take to control Listeria contamination before its products may legally be sold there again. The company has a plant in Sylacauga, AL, which is currently closed. Paul Kruse, Blue Bell’s president and CEO, signed similar… Continue Reading

FDA Posts Blue Bell Inspection Reports From 2007-2014

Violations did not include evidence of Listeria

Blue Bell Creameries plant in Texas

In response to a records request from a Dallas newspaper, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday posted four additional inspection reports of Blue Bell Creameries facilities from 2007-2012. The four join recent FDA inspection reports of three Blue Bell plants performed before and after the company’s April 20, 2015, total product recall. None of the… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Lays Off Hundreds of Workers Because of Recall

Blue Bell Creameries plant in Texas

Blue Bell Creameries announced Friday that because of the “extended timeline” required for cleaning up its four manufacturing plants before resuming ice cream production, the company will cut hundreds of employees from its workforce. On April 20, the company recalled all products made in all four plants due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. CEO and President Paul Kruse said… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Agrees to Listeria Testing and Reporting Regime for Plants in Texas and Oklahoma

Blue Bell ice cream

The president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries signed voluntary agreements on Thursday with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry holding the company to a detailed Listeria testing and reporting regime before selling any ice cream made at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, or the one… Continue Reading

FDA Inspectors Report Long List of Problems at Blue Bell Plants

CEO says products won't be back for several months

Blue Bell Ice Cream

Inspection teams from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported numerous problems after recent visits to three production facilities owned and operated by Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, TX. The company announced April 20 that it was recalling all products (ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen desserts) manufactured at all of its plants after receiving positive Listeria… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Recalls: Blue Bell and Jeni’s Ice Cream

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … ” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities,” the famous novel by Charles Dickens about events leading up to the French Revolution. While two ice cream companies’ recent recalls pale in relative significance to world history, they loom large in the world of food… Continue Reading