NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Fans of Blue Bell Ice Cream may not have to wait much longer before they can purchase the ice cream in stores.READ MORE: Nineteen-Year-Old Andrew Lopez Jr. Killed In Saturday Afternoon Car Crash
According to Jenny Van Dorf of Blue Bell, the company tweeted a video of one of their trucks departing from their the Sylacauga, AL, facility. A post on the company’s Facebook page on August 5 said, “We’re busy at our Sylacauga, AL, facility crankin’ out ice cream and building inventory. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the details of our return!”
Van Dorf told CBS DFW via email, “Our trucks are headed to a limited number of distribution centers to begin building inventory. We hope to be releasing more information about our distribution plans soon.”
There is — as of yet — no indication that a shipment of Blue Bell Ice Cream is heading to Texas but the Texas Department of State Health Services says that ice cream approved for production and distribution in Alabama would be allowed in this state. In May, the company entered into a voluntary agreement with Texas that would allow the state to inspect their facilities prior to distribution from their Brenham, TX plant.
“At this time we have not confirmed a date when our products will be available in stores,” said Van Dorf.READ MORE: FBI Dallas Offers $5,000 Reward In Sabotage Of Communications Towers
Blue Bell entered into an agreement with the Alabama State Health Department on June 1, indicating that it would alert the department when it was ready to resume production. The voluntary agreement calls for a trial production period before ice cream is distributed to consumers.
In early July, Greg Bridges, vice president of operations for Blue Bell said in a statement, “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.” He continued, “We are very excited about taking these important first steps as part of the process of getting high-quality Blue Bell products back to consumers.”
Blue Bell voluntarily recalled all of its products in March, after some of its ice cream was found to be contaminated with listeria. Three people who ate the contaminated ice cream died and several others were sickened.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Will You Be Receiving A Plus-Up Payment?
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