The three Blue Bell “483’s” – FDA Inspection Reports are here:

Broken Arrow, OK

Observation #1:  Failure to manufacture and package foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination.

Observation #2:  Failure to perform microbial testing where necessary to identify sanitation failures and possible food contamination.

Observation #3:  The procedure used for cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils has not been shown to provide adequate cleaning and sanitizing treatment.

Observation #4:  Failure to provide running water at a suitable temperature for cleaning equipment, utensils and food-packaging materials.

Observation #5:  The plant is not constructed in such a manner as to prevent drip and condensate from contaminating food, food-contact surfaces, and food-packaging materials.

Observation #6:  Employees did not wash and sanitize hands thoroughly in an adequate hand-washing facility after each absence from the work station and at any time their hands may have become soiled or contaminated.

Observation #7:  Failure to store cleaned and sanitized portable equipment in a location and manner which protects food-contact surfaces from contamination.

Observation #8:  All reasonable precaution are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.

Observation #9:  The design of equipment does not allow proper cleaning and maintenance.

Observation #10: Failure to hold foods which can support the rapid growth of undesirable microorganisms at a temperature that prevents the food from becoming adulterated.

Observation #11: Failure to have smoothly bonded or well maintained seams on food contact surfaces, to minimize accumulation of food particles and organic matter and the opportunity for growth of microorganisms.

Observation #12: Failure to take apart equipment as necessary to ensure thorough cleaning.

Brenham, TX

Observation #1: Failure to manufacture foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms.

Observation #2: The procedure used for cleaning and sanitizing of equipment has not been shown to provide adequate cleaning and sanitizing treatment.

Observation #3: The plant is not constructed in such a manner as to prevent condensate from contaminating food and food-contact surfaces.

Observation #4: Failure to clean food-contact surfaces as frequently as necessary to protect against contamination of food.

Observation #5: Failure to wear beard covers in an effective manner.

Observation #6: Failure to maintain buildings in repair sufficient to prevent food from becoming contaminated.

Sylacauga, AL

Observation #1: Failure to perform microbial testing where necessary to identify possible food contamination.

Observation #2: Suitable outer garments are not worn that protect against contamination of food and food contact surfaces.

Observation #3: Failure to maintain food contact surfaces to protect food from contamination by any source, including unlawful indirect food additives.

Observation #4: The design and materials of equipment and utensils does not allow proper cleaning.

Observation #5: All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.

Observation #6: Employees did not wash and sanitize hands thoroughly in an adequate hand-washing facility at any time their hands may have become soiled or contaminated.

Observation #7: The plaint is not constructed in such a manner as to prevent condensate from contaminating food-contact surfaces.

Observation #8: Non food-contact equipment in manufacturing areas is not constructed so that it can be kept in a clean condition.

  • Bob

    The Blue Bell Company has been around a long time. Perhaps their growth as a company caused them to get behind in their production and safety concerns. Whatever the cause I am sure that a Company as well founded as this one will survive and get those good people in Brenham and other places back to work! God bless Blue Bell — “the best ice cream in the country”