(WAFF) - Blue Bell Creameries and the Alabama Department of Public Health have entered into a voluntary agreement which will start the company on the path to returning its products to store shelves.
The agreement outlines steps Blue Bell will take to ensure the safety of its products; all Blue Bell ice cream and frozen novelty products were taken off store shelves nationwide following a series of tests on some products which found the presence of listeria.
Blue Bell agrees to undergo "rigorous facility cleaning and sanitizing, revised testing protocols... production policies and procedures designed to prevent future contamination," the company said in a statement Monday.
The company will also upgrade employee training.
Once the company is ready to resume production, the agreement calls for a trial production period before products are distributed to consumers.
Blue Bell also agrees to promptly notify ADPH if future positive test results for listeria develop, and will institute a "test and hold" program to ensure products are safe before they are shipped or sold.
The agreement with ADPH is similar to other agreements the company has made with officials in Texas and Oklahoma.
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