Blue Bell has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The company has not said when sales will resume.
State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked.
Blue Bell’s CEO told shareholders that billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the company to remain in business.
Blue Bell Creameries has provided the FDA a detailed list of corrective actions currently underway in response to the agency’s inspection reports at its production facilities.
A new Listeria claim, this one stemming from their Alabama plant: One Florida man claims to have fell ill after eating Blue Bell’s Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream. Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from the private laboratory that found the evidence.
Once the company is ready to resume production, the voluntary agreement also calls for a trial production period before ice cream is distributed to consumers.
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.