Some Texas children are praying for the quick return of Blue Bell Ice Cream; the children know their favorite ice cream brand is traveling a rocky road, and that the company recently had to lay off a lot of moms and dads.
Newly released documents show some early evidence of problems at Blue Bell Creameries’ plants in Texas and Oklahoma.
A former Houston resident said that he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating Blue Bell ice cream. Now, he is suing the Texas company for negligence.
Before Blue Bell is allowed back on store shelves in Texas and Oklahoma, health departments in both states will take several steps to make sure the ice cream is safe.
Federal health officials said Friday that they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.
Listeria bacteria was found in Blue Bell ice cream’s Oklahoma plant as far back as March 2013, according to test results Thursday by the government.
Listeria bacteria was found in Blue Bell ice cream’s Oklahoma plant as far back as March 2013. That’s according to test results released Thursday by the government.
While Blue Bell is still trying to pinpoint the source of a Listeria outbreak linked to three deaths, Texans are showing their support for the Brenham company.
Major recalls from two ice cream companies due to listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple manufacturing plants.
Blue Bell Creameries says it’s going to start new, intensive cleaning and training procedures at all four of its plants, including the two in its hometown of Brenham, Texas.
The company says it is making a few flavors of ice cream, but won’t ship them out for sale for at least two to three weeks, until test results show they are safe.
As the Centers for Disease Control issue a blunt warning about Blue Bell ice cream, some customers are worried the damage may have already been done.