Having been off the shelves since its April recall, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has finally returned to stores. Its four-month absence was due to a deadly listeria contamination found in some of the company's products that killed three adults in Kansas.
This morning, 1,100 half gallons of flavors Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, and The Great Divide were delivered to Texas and Alabama stores. Hundreds of eager customers rushed into HEB Grocery in Austin, TX, purchasing almost half of the product by 7 a.m.
Blue Bell's facility in Brenham, TX, remains closed from the outbreak, with production currently taking place at its Alabama plant. Over a course of four more phases, distribution is to continue throughout parts of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Distribution will also begin in Arkansas, Florida, northern Louisiana, and Mississippi during the final phase.