DALLAS (AP) – Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, an inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a “great” job.
But an official with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry said Thursday that inspectors had no reason to check for listeria during the routine March 18 review.
Stan Stromberg, director of the department’s food safety division, said no problems were detected and the facility didn’t have a history of issues linked to the illness. He says his agency wasn’t notified until March 22 that listeria was connected to the now-closed plant.
The inspection report obtained by The Associated Press commends the facility for having no violations, noting “Great Job!” Keep it up!”