Blue Bell Creameries announced Wednesday that they plan to start test production of ice cream at the company’s Alabama facility in the next several weeks.
The company notified the FDA and Alabama health officials of the plan this week.
First step to getting ice cream back on the shelves
When production resumes at the plant, it will be on a limited basis as the company seeks to confirm that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training have been effective.
Ice cream produced will be closely monitored and tested. Upon completion of this trial period, Blue Bell will begin building inventory to return to the market.
There is no firm date for the test production to begin, and no firm date for when ice cream sales will resume.
No word yet on if or when production will resume at any other plants.
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Blue Bell recalled all of its products back in April after some samples of ice cream tested positive for listeria.
Five cases of listeriosis have been documented in Kansas and three cases have been reported in Texas.
Three deaths at a Kansas hospital were linked to ‘ice cream contaminated with listeria.’ However, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Health and Environment was careful to caution that the listeria was a contributing factor rather than the cause of the deaths.
Blue Bell products are sold in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and internationally, according to a company press release.