Only a week after the US Justice Department announced it was investigating Blue Bell Creameries over a fatal listeria outbreak last spring, the ice cream maker revealed the bacteria had again been found in one of its facilities, Reuters reports. Blue Bell stopped production and issued a mass recall in April after it was linked to 10 cases of listeria, three of which proved to be fatal. It had only recently started getting its products back into stores. According to CNN, Blue Bell planned to start shipping its products to Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on Jan. 18.
"We expect to periodically find microbiological indications in our facilities," Reuters quotes a statement released Friday by Blue Bell. The company says it was able to find the listeria this time because of an "enhanced, robust testing system" put in place after the outbreak in April. According to CNN, Blue Bell says its products currently in stores are safe to eat. "Since our plants reopened, we have tested and will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced, and no products produced have tested positive for listeria," CNN quotes the company's statement. (Read more blue bell stories.)