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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 »

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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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 »

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 »

One-Third of Blue Bell Workers Losing Jobs

Recall means 1,450 full- and part-time employees will be out of work

(Newser) - Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products. The company, whose production plants remain closed, said 750 full-time employees and 700 part-time workers are losing... 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 Creameries Recalls All Products

2 more ice cream samples test positive for listeria

(Newser) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall last night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its... 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 »

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