Blue Bell ice cream returning to Tampa Bay area stores Monday

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – After a listeria outbreak, Blue Bell ice cream will be back in Tampa Bay area stores Monday.

Nine flavors will be available: Butter Crunch, Buttered Pecan, Coffee, Cookies ’n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Natural Vanilla Bean, Pistachio Almond and The Great Divide.

You can find out where to buy Blue Bell products here.

The company’s ice cream was linked to listeria illnesses in four states, NBC News reports. In Kansas, three deaths have been linked to Blue Bell. After an April recall, the company had to decontaminate its plants, resulting in about a third of its employees being cut, according to NBC.

The FDA said Blue Bell had evidence of listeria as early as March 2013, The Associated Press reported. Yet, the company continued selling ice cream produced in a problematic plant. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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