Blue Bell begins trial production in AL following listeria scare

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) -- Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales.

The Brenham-based company said it's evaluating enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Blue Bell earlier this month notified health officials of its plans for test production, which began Wednesday.

Company officials in a statement Friday said production facilities in three states have undergone changes that include replacing floors and ceilings, and modifying HVAC systems.

Blue Bell has not said when sales will resume.

Company products were linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas, before a recall April 20.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.


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