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 Justice Department announced today.

Blue Bell pleaded guilty in May 2020 to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products.  The sentence,

Outbreak appears to have begun in 2016.

As of March 9, 2020, 36 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 17 states. Arizona 2, California 9, Florida 2, Hawaii 3, Indiana 1, Kentucky 1, Maryland 2, Massachusetts 2, Michigan 1, Missouri 1, Nevada 1, New Jersey 1, New York

In today’s New England Journal of Medicine – https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1907462?query=TOC

Thanks to the good work of:

  • Juno Thomas, M.D.,
  • Nevashan Govender, M.Sc., M.P.H.,
  • Kerrigan M. McCarthy, M.D.,
  • Linda K. Erasmus, M.D.,
  • Timothy J. Doyle, Ph.D.,
  • Mushal Allam, Ph.D.,
  • Arshad Ismail, Ph.D.,
  • Ntsieni Ramalwa, M.P.H.,
  • Phuti Sekwadi, M.P.H.,
  • Genevie Ntshoe, M.P.H.,
  • Andronica Shonhiwa, M.P.H.,
  • Vivien Essel, M.D.,

Almark Foods  and the FDA need to explain why positive product tests and illnesses in 2017 did not stop positive product tests and illnesses in 2019.

As of December 17, 2019, a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from five states – Texas, Florida, South Carolina,

As of December 17, 2019, a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from five states.

Listeria specimens from ill people were collected from April 10, 2017, to November 12, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 to 82 years, with a median age

According to heath officials in the US and Canada, the 31 cases share a related whole genome sequencing (WGS), but US investigators “did not identify a specific food item, grocery store, food processor, or restaurant chain as the source of infections.”  However, Canadian investigators found their cases to be linked to “Rosemount brand cooked diced

For the hundreds sickened the end is little comfort.

According to Spanish health official illness have reached 204 with at least three deaths.  In Andalusia, in southern Spain has reported the bulk of the cases with 197, with most of the cases in this community reported from Seville (162).

Of the patients confirmed in Andalusia,

According to the NICD: “There is no evidence of an outbreak of listeriosis.”

The number of cases reported since the official end of the 2017/2018 listeriosis outbreak is well within (and in fact, below) the expected range for sporadic disease. Furthermore, there have been no unusual trends in the epidemiological patterns of disease, or in