TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Blue Bell Ice Cream is beginning to to distribute its products in the southeast, following a listeria outbreak that caused the company to voluntarily suspend all operations at its Broken Arrow, Okla. plant and recall all of its products last year.
Three people died as a result of the contamination.
The company's market re-entry plan is taking place over two weeks.
On Jan. 25, the company will bring their products back to all major cities and surrounding areas in Florida. The products will also be available in Bainbridge, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Valdosta starting next Monday.
The company says Butter Crunch, Buttered Pecan, Coffee, Cookies ’n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Natural Vanilla Bean, Pistachio Almond and The Great Divide will all be in stock along with 12-pak Homemade Vanilla Cups and 12-pak Homemade Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate Cups.
The company's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ricky Dickson, says they are excited to be back in stores. "Our customers in these areas have been patiently waiting and we are very grateful for their support during this time," said Dickson.