Blue Bell ice cream is back in parts of Texas. Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.
Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama. Blue Bell is not available in North Texas stores -- at least for now. The company says it will service North Texas and other parts of the state once it can adequately serve Houston and Austin. It's not clear when that will happen.
Blue Bell voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.
Production plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama then underwent an extensive cleaning and decontamination, under the regulatory oversight of health officials.
Listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.