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Resource ID: #27525
Subject: Illness
Source: Houston Press
Date: 2024-04-20



“A Sticky Mess” tells the story of how Blue Bell, a 108-year-old ice cream company in Brenham, Texas, failed to handle a listeria outbreak at its facilities, or to test the ice cream for listeria when it was initially found in the plant in 2013. Blue Bell was forced to issue a full recall of its products in April 2015. By then it was known that 10 people had contracted listeria and three of them had died, but the town of Brenham has continued to maintain that Blue Bell officials didn't do anything wrong. While most of the rest of the media was joining in the chorus about “poor Blue Bell” and the “poor people of Brenham,” we considered it was equally important to look at the people whose health and lives had been jeapordized by the company's continued refusal to address its problems or be forthcoming to the public about its seriously flawed sanitation measures.

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