Listeria Outbreak News

Texas’ Blue Bell Creameries to Pay $17.25M in Penalties for Listeria Contamination

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries L.P. has been ordered to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipments of contaminated ice cream products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Blue Bell pleaded guilty in May …

Listeria-Related Charges Against Ex-Blue Bell Creameries President Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed charges against the former president of Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries, who U.S. prosecutors said concealed from customers what the company knew about contaminated ice cream linked to a 2015 listeria outbreak. U.S. District Judge Robert …

Vermont Cheesemaker Shutting Down After Listeria Outbreak, Recall

An award-winning Vermont cheesemaker that sold its cheeses around the country is shutting down after a listeria outbreak and recall. Consider Bardwell in West Pawlett says that its current funds do not allow it to continue manufacturing and sell cheese. …

Blue Bell Creameries’ Directors to Face Investor Claims Over Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries’ directors must face claims that their mismanagement led to a 2015 listeria outbreak that forced the ice-cream maker to recall all its products and lose millions of dollars in sales. Investors raised legitimate points in a lawsuit …

Dole Settles Suits Over Salad-Related Listeria Outbreak

Court documents show that Dole Fresh Foods has recently settled two lawsuits filed by families of people stricken by a listeria outbreak after eating salads packaged in Ohio. The Springfield News-Sun reports settlement terms weren’t disclosed by the company or …

Lawsuit Blames Death on Salad, Listeria Outbreak at Ohio Dole Plant

A new wrongful death lawsuit alleges an Ohio woman died because she ate salad processed at a Dole plant linked to a listeria outbreak. The Springfield News-Sun reports the lawsuit says a 79-year-old Franklin County woman died in February after …

Blue Bell: Listeria Likely Spread Through Oklahoma Plant Drainage System

Blue Bell Creameries told federal inspectors that it believes that listeria bacteria spread at its Oklahoma plant through a drainage system, but the company said it couldn’t identify a single source of listeria that contaminated equipment at its flagship facility …

New Food Safety Rules Aim to Avoid Another Blue Bell

Sweeping new rules meant to curtail food borne illnesses that sicken one in six Americans each year will require food companies to create and follow new preventive safety measures, U.S. regulators announced on Sept. 10. The rules require food companies …

1/4 of Texas Listeria Cases not Tracked or Recorded: Report

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. The Houston Chronicle reported that Texas has never enforced a law that …

Blue Bell to Test New Quality-Control, Safety Procedures at Alabama Plant

Blue Bell Creameries said July 8 that it plans to test production runs at its Alabama plant as the company inches toward putting its ice cream back on grocery store shelves. Blue Bell notified Alabama health officials and the U.S. …