Blue Bell temporarily closing production facilities, vows ‘fresh start’
BRENHAM, Tex. — In the wake of a Listeria crisis, Blue Bell is closing its headquarters to begin “an intensive cleaning program while it simultaneously conducts a new training program for its employees at all four production facilities with locations in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas,” according to a press release.
The company says that any ice cream that is produced this week will be kept for testing rather than being sold to the public.
In order to improve Blue Bell, the company is implementing “highly aggressive training techniques, increased actions focused on sanitation and cleanliness, strengthening of standard operating procedures, enhancements to its preventative maintenance program, and equipment design changes.”
We’ve always worked to make the very highest quality ice cream,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We intend to make a fresh start and that begins with intensive cleaning and enhanced training.”