USA – Austin federal court makes it official: Blue Bell owes record $17.25 million in criminal penalties – Listeria monocytogenes

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A federal court in Texas sentenced ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries L.P. to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipments of contaminated products linked to a 2015 listeriosis outbreak.

The Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell is an iconic 113-year old ice cream maker whose product was once only available in the Lone Star State.   It now distributes in about half the country with manufacturing in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma.   The 2005 listeria outbreak proved both costly and deadly for the ice cream maker.

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