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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blue Bell Ice Cream Kills ("There's more than just ice cream in a carton of blue bell."

"There's more than just ice cream in a carton of blue bell."

Aaron Barker sang and wrote the song telling you there was more in blue bell ice cream. He was not kidding!

Blue Bell Ice Cream knew about listeria contamination in 2013 - FDA

Federal documents show that one of Blue Bell’s ice cream factories tested positive for listeria back in 2013 but failed to properly clean the facility and stop the contamination. Two other plants were also tagged for problems.

Blue Bell’s plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma had the most issues, according to documents published online by the US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday. Not only was listeria detected over the course of the last two years, but the documents state that the Texas-based ice cream maker repeatedly failed to adequately address the problem before and after the bacteria made it into its food products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 cases of the potentially deadly listeriosis have been confirmed in four states as a result – Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Kansas experienced the most cases with five, three of which were fatal. Blue Bell recalled its entire product line in April.

The first strong signs of listeria were uncovered at the Broken Arrow plant back in 2013, when “presumptive positive” tests for the bacteria were found on non-food contact surfaces, such as the floors in front of two freezers, a pallet jack in the kitchen and behind a flavor tank. More positive tests continued to be filed throughout 2014 and the first few months of 2015.

In at least one case, the coliform bacteria level was more than six times higher than legally allowed.

When you look at coliform and listeria for the Broken Arrow plant you have a systemic cleaning problem that goes on for years,” Marler said to the Chronicle. “You know you have a problem.”

At the plant in Brenham, Texas, the FDA found listeria in two different ice cream products, as well as on non-food contact surfaces.

Employee violations were also noted, as were problems with condensation. On at least two occasions, condensation was observed dripping directly into ice cream products. In another instance, condensation was seen dripping into ice cream molds that were later filled with ice cream mix.
Yes there is "More than just icecream in a carton of bluebell".

(1) Lysteria (Which has killed at least 3 people)
(2) Coliform
(3) Condensation (Dripping into ice cream products and ice cream molds)

Blue bell ice cream was sold for YEARS with the above deadly extra indegredients because the FDA allowed bluebell to keep making their deadly ice cream when the FDA should has required Bluebell to shut down their plants and clean the lysteria from their manufacturing machines etc.

Bottom line: The FDA is also responsible for at least 3 deaths from blue bell ice cream!

"There's more than just ice cream in a carton of blue bell."

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