Ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries was fined $17.25 million over a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people.
Listeria-tainted ice cream sickened five people in Kansas leading Blue Bell to recall its ice cream on March 13, 2015, KTRK reported. Listeria also contaminated products made at an Oklahoma facility, prompting a second recall.
The plants were temporarily closed after investigators found issues with cleanliness at facilities in Texas and Oklahoma.
The company has increased sanitation efforts and developed more stringent testing standards before products are put on shelves.
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