According to the agreement (PDF), Blue Bell must take the following steps:
- Give health officials two weeks notice before they start shipping any products to ensure they are free from Listeria
- Hire an independent microbiology expert
- Notify health officials within 24 hours of a positive Listeria test on ingredients or finished products.
- Institute a “test and hold” procedure for all finished products.
- And more
On April 20, Blue Bell recalled all of their ice cream products. The company has not set a timeline for returning ice cream to store shelves, which has forced some loyal customers underground.
KEYE Austin reported that a man offered up a tub of Krazy Kookie Dough ice cream for $10,000, but was only offered $20 to lick the lid.
At least 10 people have been infected with Listeria after eating Blue Bell ice cream, including three who died. The outbreak has been ongoing since 2010. Since 2013, Blue Bell was aware of at least 17 positive Listeria tests on surfaces in their Oklahoma facility, but did not not inform the FDA.
Meanwhile, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which also recalled all of their products earlier this year over Listeria fears, has resumed production and will re-open all of their shops by Memorial Day, according to USA Today.
Do I have an Ice Cream Listeria Lawsuit?
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