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Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:16 PM

Department of Justice Opens Criminal Investigation of Blue Bell

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into Blue Bell Creameries, CBS News reported Tuesday. Attorneys from DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch, the same unit that prosecuted Peanut Corporation of America executives, was reported to be in charge of the probe. The investigation is being lead by Patrick Hearn, the USAA who prosecuted the executives of the Peanut Corporation of America.

Blue Bell earlier this year was linked to a Listeria outbreak that resulted in three deaths. The company shutdown all three of its production facilities and recalled its regionally popular ice cream. It has only recently been returning to the market on a staged basis.

The food safety investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Blue Bell’s Listeria contamination was reported to company officials as early as 2013 along with other in-plant sanitation problems, including water getting into production facilities.

The challenge for the federal criminal investigation is to determine what Bell Blue executives actually knew and when they knew it. Stewart Parnell, PCA’s executive officer, sent emails with orders to “just ship em” when he knew peanut products were contaminated with Salmonella. Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison, and his peanut broker brother was sentenced to 20 years.

Blue Bell has not responded to reports of the criminal inquiry. Blue Bell manufactures ice cream in as many as 60 flavors in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2015/12/cbs-news-reports-department-of-justice-opens-criminal-investigation-of-blue-bell/

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dixiegrrrrl Dec 2015 OP
Gothmog Dec 2015 #1
hobbit709 Dec 2015 #2
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2015 #3
Warpy Dec 2015 #7
jeff47 Dec 2015 #9
Skittles Dec 2015 #10
Thinkingabout Dec 2015 #4
yeoman6987 Dec 2015 #5
Sherman A1 Dec 2015 #6
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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:29 PM

1. I have not purchases any BB ice cream since it came back

I am somewhat confused by the people who are willing to trust BB without a clean bill of health or good explanation as to what happened in Brenham

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:33 PM

2. I quit buying it when they started using HFCS instead of sugar some years back.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:34 PM

3. Same here.

When it was widely reported they covered up the problem for years before being caught, I lost my appetite for their HFCS ice cream.

now when i really really have to have ice cream for apple pie dessert, we get a pint of Haagen Daz.

I am quite pleased they are getting attention from the Justice Dept. and can only hope that in the last year of Obama's Admin, maybe justice will prevail.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 06:16 PM

7. It's not back in the stores here in NM

It's too bad, that buggy ice cream was really good.

The people responsible for covering up the problem instead of taking care of it should do jail time. Fines just won't do.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 08:27 PM

9. Well, we do know what happened.

They used tanker trucks to transport raw milk to their pasteurizer, and then tanker trucks to transport the now-pasteurized milk to the factory.

A bit before the outbreak that caused the recall, they decided to save money by using the same trucks for both tasks. Without cleaning the tanks after the raw milk loads.

The question becomes whether a low-level manager will be sacrificed for his "Brilliant cost savings"....errr...."Not following the values of our company" or if upper management will actually receive some blame.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 08:43 PM

10. it's people who detest liberals and their pesky government interference

 

the poor dears

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:42 PM

4. I was a faithful Blue Bell fan and still a faithful fan

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:49 PM

5. Me too!

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 06:14 PM

6. Good

Let the investigation take it's course. If there was wrongdoing it should be prosecuted, if not the company and it's officials should be cleared.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 06:26 PM

8. Good




K&R!

OS

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