Blue Bell Creameries says that, on Monday, it will embark on an intensive cleaning program while it simultaneously conducts a new training program for its employees at all four of its production facilities in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas. The announcement follows the company’s recall of all of its products after reports of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
After a thorough review of operations and discussions with an expert microbiologist, the Brenham, Texas-based company says this cleaning and training program will greatly benefit Blue Bell as it moves forward. Ice cream being produced this week will be used for testing and gathering baseline data and will not be sold to the public.
Training and future improvements at Blue Bell include highly aggressive cleaning 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. This is a paradigm shifting event at Blue Bell, and we want to put in place new systems to drive continuous improvement.”