Blog: Hannah AbdullaBlue Bell Creameries 'to face federal investigation over listeria outbreak'

Hannah Abdulla | 6 January 2016

Blue Bell Creameries was caught up in a listeria outbreak in early 2015

Blue Bell Creameries was caught up in a listeria outbreak in early 2015

The US Department of Justice has reportedly launched an investigation into ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries following the death of three people after a listeria outbreak last year that was linked to its products.

According to The Wall Street Journal, government lawyers are investigating what Blue Bell executives knew about listeria at the company's plants and in batches of its products, as well as the way management handled the outbreak.

A news report from CBS claimed: "Records indicated that the company knew one plant was contaminated at least as early as 2013."

Blue Bell had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

The outbreak led to three deaths and ten cases of sickness and saw Blue Bell initiate a recall of all of its products. In June the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention closed its probe into the outbreak after it revealed the listeria outbreak dated back to 2010.

Blue Bell started a phased distribution of its ice cream products in August.

In September, the former CEO of Peanut Corporation of America, Stewart Parnell, was sentenced to a 28-year jail term over his role in the company's 2008-9 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened 714 others.

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