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Texas-based ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries agreed to plead guilty to a criminal information filed in the Western District of Texas resolving charges that Blue Bell shipped listeria-contaminated products in 2015.  Blue Bell agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and pay a criminal fine and forfeiture amount totaling $17.25 million.  Blue Bell also agreed to pay an additional $2.1 million to resolve civil False Claims Act allegations regarding ice cream products manufactured under insanitary conditions and sold to federal military facilities.  Blue Bell’s former president, Paul Kruse, was charged separately in connection with his alleged role in covering up from customers what the company knew about the contaminated ice cream.