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Blue Bell OKs Listeria Ice Cream Agreement with Alabama Health Officials

Blue Bell Creameries and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) have entered into an agreement outlining a series of actions Blue Bell must take in order to bring its ice cream products safely back to market.

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What’s the Problem?

June 2, 2015 – The actions Blue Bell agreed to take include rigorous cleaning procedures, updated testing protocols, revised production policies and upgraded employee training plans to avoid future listeria outbreaks. The agreement with ADPH is similar to one Blue Bell reached with Texas and Oklahoma state health authorities last month, according to CBS News Dallas.

Once the company is ready to resume production, the agreement requires a trial period before Blue Bell ice cream can be distributed.

“We hope that the agreement between Blue Bell and the Alabama Department of Public Health will reassure our customers that we are taking the necessary steps to bring Blue Bell Ice Cream back to the market,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We are committed to making these changes so that we meet the high standards and expectations of our customers and our regulatory agencies. Blue Bell will also continue to work cooperatively and transparently with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

Specific measures to prevent listeria contamination outlined in the agreement include:

  • Performing root cause analyses to identify potential or actual sources of the bacteria;
  • Hiring independent experts to help establish and review controls to prevent the introduction of listeria;
  • Notifying ADPH immediately upon any presumptive positive test result for listeria in ingredients or finished products, and giving health authorities full access to all testing;
  • Ensuring that Blue Bell’s Pathogen Monitoring Program for listeria in the plant environment specifies how it will respond to presumptive positive tests for listeria, and
  • Instituting a “test and hold” program to assure that products are safe prior to distribution.

“The details of this agreement are very similar to those we’ve made in Texas and Oklahoma,” Kruse said. “This will guide us back to producing the safe high-quality products that Blue Bell is known for. We greatly appreciate the tremendous public support we have received, and we look forward to working with our regulatory agencies and returning to making ice cream as soon as possible.”

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 food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

Free Blue Bell Ice Cream Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating Blue Bell Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Food Poisoning Suit and our lawyers can help.

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