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Blue Bell Recall and Feral Cats: Wednesday’s Show (April 22, 2015)

Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the health concerns […]

Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is voluntarily pulling all of its products off store shelves after more samples tested positive for listeria, bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. The recall includes all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at Blue Bell facilities.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the health concerns surrounding the contamination — including the symptoms and treatment for the foodborne illness. Then, we consider the potential fallout for Blue Bell. What will it take for the company to gain the public's trust back after such a massive recall?

Then: There are many harsh realities in the world, many of which we have to explain to our children at some point, but how do parents determine what to explain and when? In other words, when does childhood innocence end and experience begin? We discuss that issue with a parent and a child psychologist.

Also: Last month the Supreme Court heard a case regarding family leave. So we get a refresher on what rights folks like mothers-to-be and fathers-to-be have on the job.

And Paige Phelps takes us to Galveston to learn more about a fight over feral cats on the island. Dare we call it a cat fight?

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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