The Campaign For DA

8.31.2015

I Give Up


You know what's scary? Assuming this is free publicity (and I assume at least this one from the governor is legit), there is some company out there realizing you can kill three people and, if you play your cards right, you can get millions of dollars more in free publicity than it will ever cost you from lawsuits.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blue Bell has raised the bar. OJ accomplished the same thing after killing only two people.

Bigger and better in Texas!

Baylor Too said...

Just a little campaign donation from Sid Bass.

Anonymous said...

IMO - the blue bell deal isn't a whole lot different than a lawyer getting a driver out of a DWI and that driver bragging about his attorney being great because he got him off on a technicality when he actually was drunk. And then gets behind the wheel drunk again and kills somebody.

Anonymous said...

You are tried and true progressive Barry. Offended by a mouse fart. Can people stop getting bent over everything? If that was your boy Obama, you would find it quite charming.

Anonymous said...

Is he eating that with his veto pen?

RPM said...

I won't buy Blue Bell until the executives that chose profits over public safety are fired. People died because it was cheaper to repeatedly clean up after a failed inspections rather than fix the problem.

Not one bite.

Anonymous said...

Stand up Greg and take a bow. DF Joe Biden

Anonymous said...

Some marketing exec just got himself a raise and MANY people just got their jobs back.

Anonymous said...

Scary?? Really? Several people over the years have choked and died from eating hotdogs and candy. Take your off the bubble wrap.

Anonymous said...

Natural Vanilla Bean is my favorite Blue Bell flavor.

The first store to sell Blue Bell in Fort Worth was Chicotsky's I think. Maybe Roy Pope was the first in ol' Cowtown.

Anonymous said...

They were selling poisoned ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, poisoned children's ice cream. It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Aggy works.

DF Gen. Jack Ripper

Anonymous said...

Bring back Blue Bell. They deserve the free pass with their quality product.

It was overkill to take it off the market. Had to play the reactionary safety game in this day and age.

Anonymous said...

My rims are all sticky. I hope that is ice cream.

Double Fake Greg Abbott

Anonymous said...

You're not too good at this free market concept, are you?

You don't like it? Don't buy it. It's pretty simple

Anonymous said...

3:12

You realize, of course, that listeria was never tested for by Blue Bell and is odorless and tasteless.

So even thought consumer ate the ice cream correctly and in moderation, they could still die.

You get the difference, right?

Anonymous said...

For all the hullabaloo about ebola and Jade Helm, Blue Bell killed more Americans than either.

Anonymous said...

RPM,

I assume then that you do not, never have, and never will drive a car or truck, right?

Also you have never flown in a plane, or used any public transportation?

Surely not. I know you are not a hypocrite...

Just about any company, or the government, trade some safety for economic considerations. Very hard to cover every consideration.

The dairy industry is about the most tested, regulated food industry in the country. But things do happen, because milk products are extremely nutritious, for humans, and bacteria.

Baylor Too said...

LOL @ 2:58PM

RPM said...

5:01, You have the trust of the public to serve contaminant free food products. Blue Bell could have fixed the problem, but executives it was more cost effective to treat the symptom right up until people started dying. There are plenty of other manufacturers that haven't killed their customers and turned it into a marketing ploy.

Anonymous said...

Love it and love him


But hate you

Anonymous said...

So the good Governor is in the ad business now?? On the clock? Or is it just and ice cream kickback?

Anonymous said...

8:58 but have you tasted their ice cream? Most other brands really suck.

Good point 2:07

Anonymous said...

What ever will Blue Bell do without RPMs business?

Anonymous said...

Blue Bell = 3 accidental deaths
Planned Parenthood = 6 million intentional deaths

Anonymous said...

The only way to get serious on food safety is make the individuals in the mgmt chain with direct knowledge criminally libel. That means jail time and fines. Prosecutors find that too challenging and go after the company as a whole. Fining a company is just factored on the balance sheet as an expense. Some folks who draw the big bucks need to feel the pain and stand before a judge, such as the peanut butter monsters are doing now in the east. If you consciously allow contaminated food into the supply chain, you deserve to be punished as an individual.

DF Ben & Df Jerry

Anonymous said...

...there is some company out there realizing you can kill three people and, if you play your cards right, you can get millions of dollars more in free publicity...

If it's a greedy corporation, they're killers, but if a client killed three people while driving drunk, am I correct to assume you'd characterize it as an unfortunate incident and tragic circumstance? There's probably more causal correlation in the latter than the former.

I give you props for chutzpah.

Anonymous said...

RPM,

Nothing you wrote there made any sense whatsoever. Do you want to try again?

Every single major company, especially food companies, have had safety issues come up. It is not unusual.

You seem to believe Blue Bell had some nefarious demonic agenda. I think that is crazy.

Listeria has been an issue for many food distributors, as well as restaurants. Overall, the US food chain is great.

Anonymous said...

RPM,

Hey, be sure you do not eat any fresh veggies. You would not believe how those are handled, and the contaminants that are available for infesting your intestines.

Make Blue Bell look like a surgery suite.

Anonymous said...

I'm not afraid to eat it. I wasn't afraid to eat it when they pulled it off the shelves. Have you not ever ate pizza the next morning after it sat out all night? The people who passed had weakened immune systems. It's sad they passed. People get sick & die everyday. 😞

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder. I am off to get some Blue Bell.

RPM said...

What ever will Blue Bell do without RPMs business?- 10:18 PM

Kill one less consumer?

RPM said...

6:37, you apparently don't understand what happened. Blue Bell management knew they had a recurring problem. It was cheaper to clean up after repeatedly failing inspections than fix what was causing the failed inspections. That was fine until people started dying. Then they were forced to fix the problem and recall product and layoff workers. It was poor management decisions designed to save money/increase profit and until that management is held accountable I'm not supporting the company. Their priorities are all screwed up.

Anonymous said...

RPM,

No, BB did not know they had a recurring problem. It does not work that way. If there is an overall production issue, it will be found out by testing samples, taken every day that products are produced, at every dairy plant in the US.

As far as cleaning protocols, there are no shortcuts, or ways to get around cleaning. It is done on a scheduled basis, in the normal course of production, and is very easy and cheap. There is no issue with management making any poor cleaning decisions. That is just laughable, and shows you do not know of what you write.

The exact source of the listeria was never found. It did not come from the dairy portion of the products. That means most likely, it came from the added ingredients, fruit, etc, used in some of the flavors. The only definitive issue found was storage of ingredients in the Alabama plant. That is IT.

Finally, BB did not, and CANNOT repeatedly fail inspections, and continue to operate. Not unless the state inspectors are bought off or something, and that is not going to happen.

You need to do a bit of research on food inspection, and food safety issues. You are much safer eating BB ice cream, than the food in ANY restaurant.

If BB scares you, be sure not to eat any raw fruit or veggie. Much more dangerous.

RPM said...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/blue-bell-knew-of-listeria-problem-in-2013-investigators-say/

Anonymous said...

RPM,

If cleaning were the problem, and a consistent problem, then why did the state inspectors not shut them down?

Where is your link for that? Why were none of their plants red tagged?

Food safety and testing is a system in the US that has worked well for decades. If there are problems on a monthly basis, plants are shut down. If they are not, it is a government problem.

Since BB was not shut down previously, any issues did not rise to a level of concern before the deaths.

You need to grab some sense. As your sited article states, ten times the number of deaths from listeria were attributed to freaking cantaloupes in 2011. Many times that number have died from salad bars. You need to rethink your logic. If you are going to blast BB as a food source, then stop eating anything. Because everything you put in your body has a chance of bacterial contamination, no matter the source.

RPM said...

Because my dear Blue Bell apologist, that isn't how it works. You fail the inspection, you clean, you pass follow-up inspection. As long as you can pass follow up inspection, they won't shut you down. BB knew they were repeatedly failing inspection in the same area. It was cheaper to clean after failing than fix the problem, until people died. Then they HAD to fix the problem.

Perhaps you are in favor of tighter regulations in the food industry to follow your misguided belief? I think most intelligent Americans would be except it would be called "government interference" by the rest. Heck, Wise County doesn't even have a Health Inspector. There is nobody testing for anything unless you are in the city limits. Think about that the next time you eat outside the city limits.

Anonymous said...

RPM,

I know all too well how it "works".

You are writing about a site inspection, which was what was sited on your link. That is fine and correct, that BB simply had to clean up. Seldom would a site visit find enough wrong to warrant red tagging.

The most important element in this episode was the sample TESTING, which is a totally different thing. Listeria can be introduced from different sources, usually NOT in the dairy setting. It is fairly easy to get rid of there. Not so much in other areas, like fruit. BB did NOT have ongoing test results showing listeria contamination. Further, a site inspection would NOT provide any evidence of listeria contamination.

I am going to move on. You simply will not listen to fact, and I do not care as much as you do.

You must be a Ben and Jerry's fan.

RPM said...

Must be a Ben & Jerry's fan... Is that code for something? I've already stated I like Blue Bell ice cream. Until the recall it was my favorite brand. But post listeria fiasco, I do not like how the company is being run.

You apparently really support Blue Bell. Here's a few questions: Did Blue Bell executives send out a product that they knew, or should have known, was a danger to customers? Are the same Blue Bell executives that handled the contamination issue, recall, and ultimate closing of a production plant, still in the same corporate roles?

I believe the answer is yes to both of those questions. I don't trust the brand, and at the same time, I'm baffled why others retain such a fierce brand loyalty. For me, it's not that complicated of an issue.

We will have to agree to disagree and know that I'm not supporting a company run so recklessly they killed innocent people.

RPM said...

You simply will not listen to fact. BB did NOT have ongoing test results showing listeria contamination.

I don't make this stuff up, or do I take it lightly. Sorry for caring about sloppy management and accountability.
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And even though repeated tests – five samples in 2013, 10 samples in 2014 and two samples in 2015 – showed listeria, there apparently were no significant changes to Blue Bell's sanitation procedures or efforts to find the root cause of contamination, the reports say. What's more, the company didn't check surfaces that do come into contact with food.

Legal experts say Blue Bell also could face a criminal investigation. Officials at other food companies, including Colorado's Jensen Farms, linked to a deadly listeria outbreak from tainted cantaloupes in 2011, have had misdemeanor convictions for unknowingly shipping contaminated products across state lines. Similar convictions were tied to eggs, peanuts and peanut butter.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/FDA-Blue-Bell-didn-t-correct-problems-after-6249881.php