• CNN reports that Paul Kruse, the former president-CEO of Blue Bell Creameries, has been charged by a Texas grand jury with "wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged cover-up of the company's 2015 listeria outbreak … According to the indictment, Kruse allegedly directed employees to remove potentially contaminated products from store freezers without notifying retailers or consumers of the real reason.
"Kruse instructed employees to tell customers who asked about the removed items that there was an 'unspecified issue with a manufacturing machine,' the indictment alleges.
"Blue Bell did not issue an immediate recall of the products nor did the company inform customers about the listeria contamination, according to the indictment."
Blue Bell is not commenting on the indictment, except to point out that Kruse no longer is with the company. Kruse's attorneys have expressed confidence that they will prevail in a jury trial.