Here’s news fit to make an ice cream lover’s heart melt. Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas posted a Vimeo video on their Facebook page, announcing that delivery trucks are once again on the road and chock full of deliciousness.
In the Spring of 2015, Blue Bell Creameries issued the first ever nationwide recall in its 108-year history after listeria was found in its Brenham, Texas production facility. Eventually, the listeria pathogen was discovered in all four of its plants, which resulted in their voluntary closures. Mass layoffs and furloughs occurred system-wide; however, employees and customers remained loyal to “The Little Creamery in Brenham.” The Texas-based company began to fight an uphill battle against the bacteria, which is hard to eradicate from production facilities due to its ability to thrive in a refrigerated setting. Employee retraining in health and safety procedures, complete cleaning and sanitization of all production equipment, and inspection of its supply chain occurred. State and local health departments worked closely with the embattled company.
Still — the burning question remained — when will Blue Bell be available again?
Test runs commenced at its Sylacauga, Alabama facility (no product was sold from these runs), under the supervision of the state health department. Full scale consumer production at the Alabama plant resumed around August 5th. No announcement has been made regarding production at the company’s Texas and Oklahoma plants, other than to say they remain closed.
Ice cream lovers — your long national nightmare is now over. Dig in!
Featured image courtesy of sodahead.com.