Report: Federal government investigating Blue Bell after listeria outbreak

Report: Federal government investigating Blue Bell after listeria outbreak
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - CBS News reported on Tuesday that the federal government is investigating the deadly listeria outbreak that forced Blue Bell Creameries to shutdown earlier this year.

The Department of Justice is leading the investigation. Officials are trying to find out what management knew about "potentially deadly hazards" at the ice cream plants and when they knew it, according to the CBS News report.

Blue Bell returned back to East Texas stores on December 14th.

The product was pulled off the shelves and Blue Bell shutdown completely after the listeria outbreak in March. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention linked listeria in Blue Bell products to 10 illnesses and three deaths in four states since 2010.

The Texas-based company is also facing a lawsuit by the Food and Drug Administration related to the outbreak. FDA investigators cited the company for widespread problems with cleaning and sanitation.

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