Blue Bell Begins Cleaning Out Contaminated Facilities

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BRENHAM, TX -- It's day seven and people across the country are still singing those Blue Bell blues. But, there is a little light peeking out at the end of this cold dark tunnel. The process to get those gallons of goodness back on the shelves has officially started.

That's right, the cleaning crews have been called in.

Plants in Brenham, Alabama and Oklahoma are getting a super-sized scrub down to get rid of all traces of listeria.  Almost a dozen ice cream lovers got sick, and three died from the deadly bacteria.

All Blue Bell plants will be closed for at least a week, employees will be re-trained, and not a single scoop will leave the plant until the FDA gives the thumbs up.

Meanwhile, Texans who grew up on this sweet stuff are having a hard time spooning something other than Blue Bell.

Hey, who are we kidding?  When we're out of Blue Bell ... we're out of ice cream, period!