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Blue Bell Ice Cream Distribution Centers Closing After Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries will close 14 distribution centers and lay off more than a third of its workforce following a listeria outbreak that prompted a nationwide recall of its ice cream products.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was sickened after eating Blue Bell products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Blue Bell to Lay Off 1,450 Companywide

May 15, 2015 – Blue Bell announced today that 750 full-time employees and 700 part-time workers will be losing their jobs. This represents about 37% of the company’s 3,900 employees.

Another 1,400 workers will be furloughed but still receive a portion of their current pay, Blue Bell said. Employees involved with the ongoing cleanup and repair efforts will continue working for reduce wages. Workers at distribution plants in 10 states will also be laid off.

Blue Bell’s production plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama have been closed since the nationwide recall was announced last month. The company’s ice cream products have been linked to at least 10 listeria illnesses in 4 states, including 3 deaths at the same Kansas hospital.

Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse called the decision to shut down its plants and lay off employees “agonizing.”

“At Blue Bell, our employees are part of our family, and we did everything we could to keep people on our payroll for as long as possible. At the same time, we have an obligation to do what is necessary to bring Blue Bell back and ensure its viability in the future,” Kruse said.

The layoffs come after Blue Bell signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma detailing steps the company needs to follow before it can resume operations. No timeline has been given for when the company will resume production.

The agreements specify that Blue Bell must inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The company had failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

Listeria Found in Alabama Blue Bell Ice Cream Plant

June 8 – Blue Bell is reviewing a report from a private firm of potential listeria contamination in a carton of ice cream produced at its facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. The new report marks the first listeria finding associated with Blue Bell ice cream outside Texas and Oklahoma. Click here to learn more.

Do I Have a Blue Bell Ice Cream Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed listeriosis after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.

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