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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 »

Clif Bars Recalled Over Listeria Fears

Possibly tainted sunflower kernels have led to approximately 40 recalls since May

(Newser) - Clif Bar is recalling three of its products over concerns they're contaminated with listeria from tainted sunflower kernels, Fortune reports. People shouldn't eat Mojo Mountain trail mix bars, Sierra Trail Mix energy bars, and Nuts & Seeds energy bars with best-by dates between this month and 2017. It'... 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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Don't Wash Your Spinach? You May Not Want to Read This

Even if you do wash, bad news for you

(Newser) - If you don't wash the pre-washed spinach you buy from the store, you may want to stop reading. Actually, even if you do wash your spinach, you still may want to stop here. According to new findings by food safety researchers out of the University of California, Riverside , bacteria... 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 »

No. 1 Source of Salmonella Cases: Not Meat

In fact, seeded veggies are the worst culprit, feds find

(Newser) - Salmonella might be an illness you think about when you're tempted to eat cookie dough ; it's probably not something that worries you when picking out zucchini. But in fact, seeded vegetables were the top source of salmonella illnesses in a federal food study that focused on the years... More »

Costco, Trader Joe's Peaches, Plums Recalled

California packing company says it has fixed the listeria risk

(Newser) - Watch out for those plums and peaches: A California packing company has recalled fruit sent to big stores around the country after internal testing revealed possible listeria contamination. The recall affects whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums, and pluots sent to stores, including Costco, Trader Joe'... More »

Sam's Club Recalls Smoked Salmon

Listeria concerns prompt move in 42 states

(Newser) - If they're serving smoked salmon at the New Year's Eve party, it might pay to find out where it's from. Walmart's Sam's Club is recalling packages sold in 42 states because of concerns about listeria, reports the LA Times . The product in question is from... More »

FDA Finds Soiled Equipment at Cantaloupe Farm

It could explain how listeria outbreak started at Colorado facility

(Newser) - Federal health inspectors discovered listeria inside the packing facility of the Colorado farm that shipped out lethal cantaloupes , killing 25 people so far, reports USA Today . FDA officials also found several sanitation problems, including dirty and contaminated equipment that could explain how listeria spread to the fruit. 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 »

30K Pounds of Lettuce Recalled in Listeria Scare

Company yanks produce in wake of 16 cantaloupe deaths

(Newser) - A California food company has recalled some 30,000 pounds of lettuce feared tainted by listeria. The lettuce was distributed in 19 states and Canada, reports the Wall Street Journal . So far no illness linked to the lettuce has been reported, but 16 people have died from listeria in Colorado... 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 »

Colo. Cantaloupes Blamed for 4 Deaths

Rocky Ford melons believed to be source of Listeria

(Newser) - Colorado's famous Rocky Ford cantaloupes are being blamed for an outbreak of Listeria that has killed four people and sickened dozens of others in six states. No formal recall has been issued, but health officials are advising people at high risk of contracting the bacterial infection—the elderly, pregnant... More »

Eggos in Short Supply

Trouble at two of four plants is to blame

(Newser) - Hang on to those Eggos extra tight. Kellogg is rationing supplies around the nation and may continue to do so well into next year. The trouble stems from problems at two of four bakeries. One in Atlanta got shut down temporarily when bacteria showed up in a sample, then ran... More »

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