FDA investigation proves Blue Bell knew of ice cream infection in March 2013
WASHINGTON: If this is true, Blue Bellâ€™s problems will take a lot longer to be solved than previously anticipated. A government report claims that the company had evidence of liseria bacteria even in the beginning of the year 2013.
But despite having the evidence of its ice cream infected by listeria Blue Bell continued to sell its ice cream from its Oklahoma manufacturing plant. Government investigation claims that the company knew that this particular manufacturing plant was listeria infected as far back as March 2013.
At least three deaths and seven hospitalization cases have been reported due to consumption of Blue Bell ice creams in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. The Food and Drug Administration ordered the company to recall its product.
The FDA released the detailed investigation report only now following a Freedom of Information request by The Associated Press. The report claims that the most extensive violations were found in Oklahoma, where the FDA listed 17 separate positive tests for listeria found on equipment and in other locations in the plant from March 2013 through February 2015.