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Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream

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POSTED August 31, 2015 10:44 p.m.

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back.

Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at some locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination at some plants prompted health concerns that drew the regulatory scrutiny of federal and state officials.

Blue Bell ice cream is available again at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company’s hometown of Brenham, plus in parts of Alabama.

Some retailers limited purchases as Blue Bell brought out flavors including homemade vanilla, Dutch chocolate, cookies ‘n cream and a side-by-side blend of chocolate and vanilla.

A Blue Bell delivery truck rolled up Monday to the Texas Capitol in Austin, with complimentary half-gallons for Gov. Greg Abbott, who shared the ice cream with his staff, said Cait Meisenheimer, an Abbott aide.

The company had voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. Listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

The company, according to its website, collected approximately 8 million gallons of ice cream and ice cream products.

 

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