I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Julia Rasor

Long aisles of freezers filled with ice cream. You sprint towards them filled with anticipation. You can barely take it, you’ve been waiting for so long. You thrust open the door and grab a gallon. Then you race to the checkout line with your prize, eager to have just one bite again. That’s right, Bluebell is back.

It’s been almost seven months since the outbreak of Listeria in Bluebell’s ice cream. In an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, a total of ten patients were recorded to have been infected by the Listeria. All patients were hospitalized and three were reported dead. Previously, Bluebell had made several attempts in recalling a minimal amount of their products. But ultimately on April 20, 2015, all products were called off the shelves of stores to prevent any further harm to customers.

In an exploration by CNN news, Bluebell was found to have had cases of Listeria since 2010. While at the time, Bluebell did recall some of their products in attempt to stop any further infections, the same bacterium reappeared five years later. Now after several months of extensive cleaning, Bluebell has officially released their products as of Aug. 31, 2015.

While it will take Bluebell more time to recover all of its products, customers are still provided with the four initial flavors: Homemade Vanilla, Cookies ‘n Cream, Dutch Chocolate and The Great Divide. On the release date of the ice cream, customers were limited to only four gallons per purchase. Still, Bluebell’s customers are delighted to have their favored flavors back.