Blue Bell plant to re­open ob­server deck

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The Dal­las Morn­ing News

DAL­LAS — Two years af­ter a lis­te­ria con­tam­i­na­tion cri­sis, Texas-based Blue Bell Cream­eries plans to re­open an ob­ser­va­tion deck that al­lows vis­i­tors to watch part of the ice cream-mak­ing process at a plant that re­ceived a ma­jor over­haul.

The pathogen lis­te­ria was found in Blue Bell plants in 2015 and linked to its ice cream. The com­pany shut down pro­duc­tion at all four of its plants, in­clud­ing the two in Texas, and stripped all prod­ucts from store shelves. Blue Bell also has plants in Alabama and Ok­la­homa. The bac­te­ria sick­ened 10 people and was linked to three deaths.

The ob­ser­va­tion deck had been the last stop on a tick­eted tour of the com­pany’s main plant in Bren­ham. Now, con­sumers can stop by the ob­ser­va­tion area for free and just watch.

“It has been a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion,” said spokesman Jenny Van Dorf.

The ob­ser­va­tion area is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. “un­til our pro­duc­tion ends for the day, which is usu­ally be­tween 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.”

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