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Blue Bell resumes production at Oklahoma facility

Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northwestern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves
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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Blue Bell Creameries has resumed operations at a northwestern Oklahoma facility a day after the company's products returned to the shelves at select locations in Texas and Alabama.

The Texas-based company says limited production resumed Tuesday at the facility in Broken Arrow, a Tulsa suburb. The company said in a news release that operations will be limited at first to ensure that new procedures, facility enhancements and employee training have been effective. Products will only be released for sale after tests show they are safe.

"We are excited to begin producing ice cream in a second facility to better meet the demand of consumers," said Greg Bridges, vice president of operations, "and we are extremely grateful for the incredible patience and loyalty our customers have shown to Blue Bell."

The comany's website did not indicate when the Brenham facility would come back online.

The company voluntarily recalled its products in April after they were linked to 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

A facility in Sylacauga, Alabama started production again in late July.