Deal to Restock Texas Ice Cream May Melt

A thriving black market for Blue Bell ice cream recalled over Listeria concerns that saw asking prices of up to $10,000 a tub looked set to collapse on Thursday after the maker reached an agreement with Texas to bring its products back to stores. The Texas Department of State Health Services said that under the deal, Blue Bell Creameries must give two weeks notice before it starts to again ship its products so they can be tested to prevent another Listeria outbreak. To Texans, Blue Bell is a product many see as a defining element of the state's culinary identity, along with the likes of barbecue, Lone Star beer and Tex-Mex cuisine. No timetable has been set for the product's return. Blue Bell has been re-evaluating its operations, looking to get its products back on store shelves soon. It was sold in 26 states as well as internationally.