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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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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 »

Listeria Death Toll Hits 18

More cases still expected, says FDA official

(Newser) - The death toll from the listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes rose to 18 as government officials confirmed three more deaths yesterday. The total number of illnesses is now 100, according to the CDC. An FDA official says more victims are expected, since listeria symptoms can take up to two months... More »

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak: More Deaths Likely

And it's already the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in years

(Newser) - The cantaloupe-borne listeria outbreak has now spread to 18 states, and it’ll probably get worse before it gets better, health officials tell the LA Times . While the official death toll is still at 13, that’s expected to rise as more testing is done on suspected listeria victims, and... More »

Pa. Farm Recalls Diseased Enoki Mushrooms

Giant supermarket chain takes fungi with risk of listeriosis off shelves

(Newser) - Pennsylvania’s Phillips Mushroom Farm has issued a recall on contaminated enoki mushrooms it produced in January, the Centre Daily Times reports. Giant Food Stores, a major Phillips buyer, said today that it has removed the tainted products from its shelves. Phillips fears some of the mushrooms have been contaminated... More »

12 Deaths From Tainted Meat Cause Canadian Furor

Listeriosis in meat has left 12 dead; scores of products recalled

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says an unprecedented meat recall is proof that the government’s proposed inspection reforms are necessary, despite opposition accusations that the changes will actually undermine food safety, the Globe and Mail reports. Maple Leaf foods has issued a 220-product recall, following a listeriosis infection scandal... More »

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