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Inspectors Found Crickets, Dirty Conditions Inside Texas Blue Bell Plant

Multiple health and safety violations were issued to the Blue Bell plant over the last four years.

State health inspectors discovered multiple safety violations inside of the Blue Bell plant in Brenham, Texas during inspections done over the past four years.

According to NBC 5, inspection reports from Jan. 1, 2011 to April 15, 2015 from the Texas Department of State Health Services noted crickets, dirty mop buckets and mildew found inside of the plant.

Other issues noted on the inspection reports included rust on doorways, open lids on various food containers and no towels located at handwashing sinks. Inspectors also noted concerns about food freshness and storage. Although multiple citations were issued over the years, no formal warning letters or fines were issued to the company.

Blue Bell’s plants in Texas and Oklahoma have been under scrutiny since last month’s nationwide recall of all dairy products due to the discovery of the bacteria Listeria. Multiple deaths and illnesses have been linked to the Listeria contamination.

Blue Bell has publicly apologized for the issues and is currently in the process of cleaning its plants, reviewing safety procedures and re-training employees.

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Inspectors Found Crickets, Dirty Conditions Inside Texas Blue Bell Plant