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Sign of transparency: Blue Bell reopens the observation deck

Access to the observation deck at Blue Bell Creameries plant in Brenham, TX, is free and open to the public again for self-guided tours for those who want to see how ice cream is made. It was last open before the iconic ice cream company went through a crushing Listeria outbreak two years ago that… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Resumes Ice Cream Production at Texas Plant

After recall, products gradually returning to stores

Blue Bell Creameries is again producing ice cream at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, the company announced Nov. 18, and it will embark on phases three and four of a five-phase product distribution plan in December. The Brenham plant will be operating on a “limited basis” while the effectiveness of new procedures, facility enhancements and employee… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Recalls: Blue Bell and Jeni’s Ice Cream

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … ” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities,” the famous novel by Charles Dickens about events leading up to the French Revolution. While two ice cream companies’ recent recalls pale in relative significance to world history, they loom large in the world of food… Continue Reading

Update: CDC Reports Two More Cases in Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls all products from all plants

Update: On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the case count of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Blue Bell products from 8 to 10. The two new reported cases are from Arizona and Oklahoma. The other cases are from Texas (3) and Kansas (5). All of these people were hospitalized, and… Continue Reading