Blue Bell's Largest Plant Resumes Operations

Nov 25, 2015
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Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell resumed operations last week at its largest plant, reports Reuters. The plant had previously been shut down due to a listeria outbreak. Six months ago, the outbreak halted the company's production and caused a panic among customers. 

Blue Bell Creameries has signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. For one year, Blue Bell ice cream must first test negative for listeria before it can be sold in stores.

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The Colorado farmers who distributed cantaloupes infected with listeria two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges Tuesday. Jensen Farms, located outside Holly, Colo., was the source of the outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.

The outbreak was the deadliest in more than 20 years. Cantaloupes processed in the summer of 2011 at Jensen Farms near the Kansas border were laden with Listeria. It’s a pathogen infamous for its high mortality rate.