Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries was aware that it had listeria in an Oklahoma plant as early as 2013 but failed to act, The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday, citing the Food and Drug Administration. (Tweet this)
Earlier this year, the ice cream chain issued its first-ever recall after three people died from a listeria outbreak tied to the brand's "Scoops" product. The FDA's report showed similar sanitation failures at the company's other plants in Texas and Alabama.
"You failed to demonstrate your cleaning and sanitizing program is effective in controlling recurring microbiological contaminations,'' the report said.