The outbreak was connected to 10 illnesses, including three deaths according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company completely stopped production in April in order to retrain all employees and enhance preventative measures.
“We have been working diligently to prepare our facilities to resume test production, and our focus throughout this process has been to ensure the public that when our products return to market, they are safe,” said Greg Bridges, vice president of operations for Blue Bell in a statement.
Blue Bell officials said production would resume on a “limited basis” at one plant to confirm “that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training have been effective.”
There is no date, however, for when ice cream might hit grocery shelves again.
Food Safety Expert Sandra Eskin, of the Pew Charitable Trusts, said for best practices the company should break down the ice cream-making process and look for any spots where contamination can occur.
“Listeria lives in places like drains…you really got to look everywhere,” said Eskin. “They have to design a monitoring system that’s designed to catch it. You can sample and not catch it, that’s easy.”
On social media, the news had fans cheering.
I hear blue bell is coming back & that's just grand bc I haven't had any ice cream since it went away :))— emma g (@emmagdavis02) July 9, 2015
Blue bell is making a comeback!! ??????— Abner (@Therealabner1) July 9, 2015