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For Blue Bell, a Deja Vu Recall

Two flavors may be contaminated with listeria

(Newser) - Blue Bell is now about as synonymous with listeria as it is with ice cream—and apparently for good reason. Following a listeria outbreak last year and the discovery of the bacteria at one of its facilities in January, the company says it's voluntarily recalling two ice cream flavors... More »

Police Add Ice Cream Truck as Outreach Tool

'Operation Polar Cops' is delivering free ice cream in St. Louis

(Newser) - St. Louis police will have a question to ask as they take their new truck into neighborhoods: One scoop or two? Police Chief Sam Dotson calls it "Operation Polar Cops," a truck that will give away ice cream treats at various events, part of an effort to improve... More »

Sweet Misery: Hangover Ice Cream Now Exists

South Korean grapefruit-flavored dessert contains trace amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice

(Newser) - South Koreans, Asia's biggest lushes, already soothe their sore heads with some $126 million in annual hangover "cure" sales that run the full gamut of pills, beverages, foods, and even cosmetics to help soften skin. That doesn't even count the "hangover soup" that has become a... More »

Japanese Snack Maker Is So Sorry About 9-Cent Hike

Video of apology is a smash hit

(Newser) - The price of a popular frozen snack in Japan is going up the equivalent of 9 cents, a small bit of news that is making headlines all over because of how the company announced it, reports Quartz . In a 60-second video, executives and employees of the company Akagi Nyugyo are... More »

Vanilla Ice Cream Getting Way More Expensive

Thank Madagascar's bad crop year

(Newser) - America's favorite ice-cream flavor is getting a lot pricier and could be challenged by cheaper, synthetic knock-offs. We're talking about vanilla, which became 150% more expensive last year after Madagascar suffered a poor harvest, Munchies reports. Cakes, soft drinks, and perfumes could all be affected, but ice cream... More »

Ben & Jerry's Now Has Vegan Ice Cream

Company adds 4 flavors of non-dairy frozen dessert

(Newser) - Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry's now has non-dairy ice cream after years of being asked to make it. The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base, all of them available in pints, the AP reports. Available are the classic Chunky... More »

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants You to Eat the Bern

Bernie Sanders gets his own ice cream flavor

(Newser) - Those who feel the Bern can now eat their feelings, thanks to one of the founders of Ben & Jerry's. To honor fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders, Ben Cohen unveiled a limited-edition batch of "Bernie's Yearning"—plain mint ice cream covered by a milk-chocolate disc, Politico reports.... More »

Listeria Found at Blue Bell—Again

The DOJ just launched an investigation into the ice cream maker last week

(Newser) - Only a week after the US Justice Department announced it was investigating Blue Bell Creameries over a fatal listeria outbreak last spring, the ice cream maker revealed the bacteria had again been found in one of its facilities, Reuters reports. Blue Bell stopped production and issued a mass recall in... More »

DOJ Opens Criminal Investigation Into Ice Cream Maker

Blue Bell linked to three fatal listeria cases last year

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into ice-cream-maker Blue Bell after its frozen treats were linked to 10 listeria cases—three of them fatal—last year, CNN reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , prosecutors are looking into what Blue Bell executives knew about the listeria... More »

Ex Blue Bell Workers Detail Gross Plant Conditions

Dripping vents, slimy cardboard sleeves, and more

(Newser) - The Houston Chronicle spoke to 14 ex-employees at Blue Bell's flagship plant in Texas, and they tell truly disturbing stories of conditions at the plant where listeria-contaminated ice cream treats were produced. Some of the details:
  • Even after one machine had been cleaned, what the Chronicle calls a "
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Coming Soon: Melt-Resistant Ice Cream

Also ice-crystal-resistant, to boot

(Newser) - Soon, you may be able to enjoy an ice cream cone without having to worry about sticky fingers. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee have discovered that a naturally occurring protein, known as BslA, can be used to make melt-resistant ice cream, ABC News reports.... More »

Blue Bell 'Crankin' Out Ice Cream' Again

Ala. plant gets all-clear from health officials

(Newser) - Blue Bell can resume production and sale of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant, the state's Department of Public Health says. An inspection found that Blue Bell's creamery in Sylacauga, Alabama, meets all state public health standards, and the finding leaves no state objection to resumed production... More »

Why Ice Cream Parlors Were Considered Evil

Americans cracked down on parlors in the early 20th century

(Newser) - Ice cream is a sinful indulgence, right? That's exactly what many Americans thought in the early 20th century, but they were serious about it, Mental Floss reports. In New York, a man testified in 1895 that he personally knew of ice cream parlors that were "houses of prostitution... More »

Billionaire Comes to Rescue of Blue Bell Ice Cream

Texan Sid Bass becomes a partner, ensures it will be back

(Newser) - An investment by a prominent Texas businessman will ensure the return of Blue Bell ice cream to the market after listeria contamination prompted a shutdown in manufacturing, the company said today. Billionaire businessman Sid Bass, an investor and philanthropist whose father and uncle built an oil fortune, has become a... More »

Enter the Black Market for Blue Bell Ice Cream

You may be able to find it on Craigslist

(Newser) - Drugs and weapons, sure. What you don't expect to find on the black market: ice cream. After a listeria outbreak forced Blue Bell to recall its ice cream products, however, a black market for the items has indeed sprung up online, ABC News reports. A pint of the brand'... More »

FDA: Blue Bell Knew About Deadly Bug in 2013

Company failed to change procedures after listeria detected

(Newser) - Blue Bell Creameries could have done a lot more to prevent a deadly listeria outbreak, according to newly released Food and Drug Administration reports. The company knew about a serious listeria problem at one of its production plants years before an outbreak linked to the company's products killed three... More »

Another Ice Cream Maker Recalls All Products

Listeria found in sample from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

(Newser) - A second ice cream company has shut down production after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio said on its website that it recalled all its frozen products after the discovery. The action follows a similar shutdown by Texas-based... More »

Blue Bell Halts Operations at Oklahoma Ice Cream Plant

Move comes after recall of products in listeriosis outbreak

(Newser) - Blue Bell Ice Cream has suspended operations at an Oklahoma production facility that officials had previously connected to a deadly foodborne illness. "We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution," the company said in a statement. Last month, the company and health officials said a... More »

3 Deaths Linked to Tainted Ice Cream

Blue Bell announces first recall in its history

(Newser) - The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon's first product recall in its 108-year history. A total of five people developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue... More »

New Ice Cream Changes Colors When Licked

Spanish physicist concocted sweet treat that reacts to temps, acids in human mouth

(Newser) - Manuel Linares is serious about ice cream. So serious that the Spanish physicist signed up for "mentored coursework" at a local business association, earned what he calls a "master's diploma in creating artisan ice cream," and created a frozen concoction that turns colors when it's... More »

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