August 11, 2015 — Four months after a Listeria scare, Blue Bell Creameries has resumed production and shipment of ice cream.
The company posted a video of a truck pulling away from the plant and said:
“Our trucks are on the road again…And yes, they are filled with Blue Bell Ice Cream! We’ll let you know soon when and where you can find our products in stores.”
The company is producing ice cream at its facility in Sylacauga, Alabama, but has not resumed operations at three other facilities in Oklahoma and Texas. Blue Bell said they were able to resume production in Alabama because the facility and they completed improvements faster.
After Listeria was discovered in the ice cream, the company made agreements with health officials to rigorously clean and sanitize their facilities, revise their testing process, and implement procedures to prevent future outbreaks, according to the Dallas Morning News.
In April, Blue Bell voluntarily recalled all of their products after ten Listeria illnesses were reported in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. Because the outbreak had been ongoing since 2010, it is possible that more illnesses were never reported.
According to the FDA, Blue Bell had 17 positive Listeria tests in its Oklahoma facility since 2013, but continued selling ice cream until health officials in Kansas reported the deaths. Infection with Listeria causes gastrointestinal illness and can easily spread to the bloodstream, especially in people with weak immune systems.
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