Blue Bell ice cream will be available in Louisiana and Jackson, Miss., on Dec. 21 after listeria contamination halted sales and prompted cleanup of production plants.
In November the company resumed production in its hometown of Brenham, 70 miles northwest of Houston. Sales from that plant have not yet resumed amid continued regulatory scrutiny.
Blue Bell was linked to 10 listeria cases, including three deaths in Kansas. Listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, especially in older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.