Blue Bell plant to reopen observer deck
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.”