The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report detailing its listeria investigation into Blue Bell Creameries. According to the FDA, Blue Bell was aware of positive tests for listeria in its Oklahoma factory over two years ago. Blue Bell recalled all of its products in April after being linked to three fatal cases of listeriosis in Kansas.
The FDA’s report details that Blue Bell found listeria in its plants, but failed to improve sanitation quality. The company’s Oklahoma plant was found to have numerous violations, including improper storage of food, employees not washing hands properly, and dirty equipment. Plants in Texas and Alabama were also found to violate cleanliness standards.
Blue Bell has closed all of its plants to upgrade and sanitize the buildings and equipment. The company is expected to be closed for several months. The Blue Bell listeria outbreak has affected 10 people, killing three of them. Listeriosis can cause stomach problems, fever, muscle aches, and problems with pregnancy.
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