May 29, 2024

After Listeria Outbreak, Texas Fines Blue Bell $850,000

After being linked to a 2015 Listeria outbreak that sickened at least 10 people, killing three of them, Blue Bell Creameries has been fined $850,000 by the the Texas Department of State Health Services for allowing adulterated product to enter the market and causing illness. But the company many only pay a fraction of the fine. Within 30 days, Blue Bell must pay $175,000,  but will not have to pay the remaining balance if it follows the terms outlined in the enforcement agreement. The terms include: continuing to notify the health department of any test results from samples taken from ice cream, ingredients, food surfaces, machinery and other equipment in its Brenham plant that are positive for Listeria;  continuing to“test and hold” procedures "meaning ice cream must be found to be … [Read more...]

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