As gloom and despair from a summer without Blue Bell settles into the hearts of Texans, the iconic creamery holds up a flicker of hope.
The company notified state health officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday of planned test production runs at their Sylacauga, Alabama plant, the Associated Press reported
Blue Bell recalled all of its products April 20, 2015 due to a listeria outbreak that left three dead and 10 gravely ill. Blue Bell ice cream has remained out of the market place as a precaution to this lethal bacteria and have worked throughout these months on facility sanitation, equipment and procedures.
The Brenham, Texas plant issued a statement, AP reported
, explaining the limited production runs will test the effectiveness of new procedures as well as facility improvements and employee training. After the trial period, the company will begin building inventory to resume commercial sales.
In a press release, Blue Bell announced their partnership with prominent Texas business investor Sid Bass. “We are excited to be a part of the Blue Bell brand and family” commented Bass, “Blue Bell is the quality leader in the ice cream industry.”
Bass is not the only one excited for Blue Bell, social media has seen a fair share of Blue Bell fans.
Blue Bell will be implementing a procedure called “test and hold” for all products made at all of its manufacturing facilities, the company said in a press release. This means that all products will be tested first and held for release to the market only after the tests show they are safe.
However, there is not a confirmed date for trial runs to begin or for Blue Bell ice cream to come back to the market.