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Episode Six: The End of the Good Ol’ Days Part 1/2

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Episode Six: This month, we’re sifting through the end of the good ol’ days for Blue Bell Creameries. It all started with a Blue Bell country cookie sandwich, which tested positive for the bacteria listeria this February. Since then, the ice cream company has recalled all of its products, but not before infecting 10 customers with listeriosis and killing three. Now, FDA reports show that Blue Bell factories tested positive for the dangerous bacteria as far back as 2012 and has been making customers sick since 2010. We’ll talk to Dr. Jay Neal, a food safety professor at the University of Houston, about Blue Bell’s steps before and after the outbreak. Then, Houston Press journalist Dianna Wray spoke to us about the company’s extensive lay offs and the impact on Blue Bell’s hometown of Brenham.