Blue Bell lays off 1,450 workers; 1,400 more furloughed

The Blue Bell Creameries Listeria-in-ice-cream saga seems to be unraviling by the day, with the company announcing it will lay off hundreds of workers and reduce hours and pay for others in wake of its voluntary recall last month of all of its ice cream.

blue.bell.creameriesAlmost 4 in 10 in the Blue Bell workforce of 3,900 will lose their jobs. That’s 750 full-time employees and 700 part-time workers. Another 1,400 employees will be furloughed.

Ten illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas, are now linked to the ice cream.