Blue Bell Creameries had evidence of listeria contamination in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013 but failed to improve its sanitation programs, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak, which has been linked to 3 deaths, forced Blue Bell to recall all of its ice cream products last month.
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What’s the Problem?
May 8, 2015 – FDA released reports on its findings from inspections at Blue Bell plants in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama, and found at least 5 samples in “non-food contact” areas in its Oklahoma facility that tested positive for listeria monocytogenes. The report indicated that Blue Bell’s response to the problem had failed to eliminate the bacteria, and that samples from the plant continued to test positive for it in 2014 and 2015.
“You failed to demonstrate that your cleaning and sanitizing program is effective in controlling recurring microbial contaminations,” FDA said in the report.
Blue Bell Expands Ice Cream Recall
On April 20, Blue Bell expanded earlier recalls to include all of its ice cream after 10 listeria illnesses — including 3 deaths — were linked to the products. The illnesses were reported in Texas, Kansas, Arizona and Oklahoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All 3 deaths linked to the outbreak occurred in Kansas.
Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse says he doesn’t know when the company’s ice cream will be back on sale, but indicated that it would likely be “several months.”
Blue Bell OKs Listeria Ice Cream Agreement with Alabama Health Officials
Blue Bell 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, according to CBS News. Actions outlined in the agreement include rigorous cleaning procedures, updated testing protocols, revised production policies and upgraded employee training plans to avoid future listeria outbreaks. 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 were diagnosed with 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.