A government investigation found Blue Bell Creameries knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013, but issued no recalls until the bacteria was linked to three deaths this year. (May 8)
"Well, you know what? I'm always going to be a big Blue Bell fan, and I'm always going to support them and you know, I've supported every decision that they've made thus far and I'm glad that we still have this community that is still coming together and believing Blue Bell and we'll be back in a few months and so I'm really happy for that."
3. Blue Bell display in the window of Yumm! Restaurant
"It's completely unfortunate, it's a bad situation and I feel bad that people got hurt and sick and died, and I know the Kruse family personally and it's very unfortunate, they're very upset about it and we love Blue Bell and I grew up on Blue Bell. Everybody in Texas grew up on Blue Bell so it's kind of, it's bittersweet, I mean, they're gonna be back and they're making it right but it's really sad."
7. Blue Bell ice cream containers in store front of Yumm! Restaurant in Brenham
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Ratcliff, Brenham resident (responding to how she feels of the recent report that says Blue Bell knew about the listeria in 2013):
"Knowing food service policies, I would have hoped that they would have fixed that, back in 2013, whenever it came about but it looks like they didn't or they didn't do something well enough or keep it up, I don't know, but we'll see."
9. Exterior of Yumm! restaurant in downtown Brenham, which usually sells Blue Bell
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Ratcliff, Brenham resident (on what she thinks the future looks like for Blue Bell)
"I'm hoping they'll bounce back and I really think that they will. It's going to take time and it's going to take, they're going to take a lot of flak and a lot of heat from this but I think they're going to come back. I really do."
11. Various exteriors of Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham
A government investigation found Blue Bell Creameries knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013.
But the company didn't issue any recalls or shut down production until after the products were linked to listeria illnesses this year - including three deaths in Kansas.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released results of investigations into Blue Bell's plants in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama.
The most extensive violations were found in Oklahoma, where the FDA listed 17 positive tests for listeria on equipment and around its plant there from March 2013 through February 2015.
Neither Blue Bell nor the FDA has said why the Oklahoma plant was not closed after repeated findings of listeria, which was found in multiple locations around the plant.
In a statement from Blue Bell spokesman Joe Robertson, the company acknowledged finding listeria on non-food surfaces at the Broken Arrow plant in 2013, but said it cleaned those surfaces until they tested negative.
"We thought our cleaning process took care of any problems, but in hindsight, it was not adequate, which is why we are currently conducting such a comprehensive re-evaluation of all our operations," he said.