The Texas creamery headquartered in Brenham, Texas, has rebuked the media for false listeria reports misstating information that the company voluntarily publicized as a public information service.
On January 7, Blue Bell updated the public on the progress the creamery had made with enhanced procedures in their production facilities. In a statement one day later, the company said, “Unfortunately in some media reports this information has been misstated.”
In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, the company assured the public there was no danger. The company emphatically stated, “Since our plants reopened, we have tested and will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced, and no products produced have tested positive for listeria.” (emphasis Blue Bell’s own).
The company added, “The entire purpose of our enhanced environmental testing is to identify locations where bacteria could be found in our facility in order to properly clean and sanitize the surface and prevent contamination.”
As a public service update, the company announced on January 7 that it had identified locations where suspected listeria species may be present in their facility but said the bacteria is commonly found in the natural environment.
The January 7 statement clearly said it was “pleased that our enhanced environmental and product testing procedures are working.” It also assured that, “Since our plants reopened, we have tested and will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced, and no products produced have tested positive for listeria.”
The Texas based company said it will continue to extensively clean and sanitize the areas where the listeria was found and will make additional enhancements to the facility and procedures based on the environmental test results.
The latest public service announcement stated, “We have tested and will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced. No products produced have tested positive. No products are shipped to stores until tests confirm they are safe. We will continue to work closely with our regulatory agencies, as we have throughout this process.”
In March 2015, Breitbart Texas reported that the Texas ice cream icon issued its first ever recall after three people in Kansas died from illness linked back to some of its products.
Lana Shadwick is a writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2