The Texas-based ice cream company Blue Bell Creameries said this week that it would resume testing production later this month, nearly four months after all its products were pulled from shelves amid a listeria contamination.
“Yes it’s true… our Alabama facility will begin test production in the next several weeks!” the company said on Facebook. “Thanks again for your support.”
The ice cream producer was forced to halt production in March after some of its product was discovered to be contaminated with listeria, a dangerous bacteria. Those contaminations were subsequently linked to three deaths and several other cases. Blue Bell has only been able to resume manufacturing activities after reaching an agreement with the Alabama State Health Department (and entering into similar ones with the appropriate bureaus in Texas and Oklahoma).
There is still no timetable for when Blue Bell products will return to store shelves, CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports.