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Texas-based ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries pleaded 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 pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products and was sentenced to 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 indicted separately on October 20, 2020 in connection with his alleged role in covering up from customers what the company knew about the contaminated ice cream.  The case against Mr. Kruse is currently set for trial on July 26, 2021.  The following is information relevant to the case against Mr. Kruse.


CASE NO. 1:20-CR-00249-RP (W.D.TX)

Court Assigned: The case of U.S. v. Kruse is assigned to the Honorable Robert Pitman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 501 West Fifth Street, Suite 5300, Austin, TX, 787011

U.S. District Court Judge Pitman set the trial to begin on July 26, 2021.  The trial will take place at the Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas at 501 West Fifth Street, Austin, TX.

For more information about the charges, please see below link to the press release and indictment:

The information on this website will be updated as new developments arise in the case.

Presumption of Innocence: It is important to keep in mind that an indictment contains allegations only, and that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and that presumption requires both the court and our office to take certain steps to ensure that justice is served.