Blue Bell says the Lufkin Police Department is now investigating the viral video of a woman licking Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back in the display case.

The Lufkin Police Department posted on Facebook that the incident may have occurred at a Walmart in that city.

“The video hit social media June 28, launching an investigation that led from Walmart stores in San Antonio to Houston and eventually Lufkin,” the press release stated.

“At 1:10 p.m. today, Blue Bell contacted us, saying that they believed the viral video took place in the Lufkin Walmart store and that they had retrieved what they believed to be the tainted container of ice cream,” the press release stated. “By 4 p.m., detectives had obtained surveillance video placing a woman matching the suspect description in the Lufkin store on June 28 around 11 p.m.”

Lufkin PD detectives believe they have identified the woman, and the investigation is ongoing. Appropriate charges will be filed, according to Gerald Williamson, Lufkin’s director of public safety.

The company released this statement on Wednesday:

“We have identified a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas, as the store where the malicious act of food tampering took place. Our staff recognized the location in the video, and we inspected the freezer case.

We found a Tin Roof half gallon that appears to have been compromised. Based on security footage, the location and the inspection of the carton, we believe we may have recovered the half gallon that was tampered with. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also removed all Tin Roof half gallons from that location.

The Lufkin Police Department has been notified and is taking over the investigation.

The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers. Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products. We are grateful to the customers who alerted us and provided us with information.”

 

Here is The Lufkin Police Department’s statement

VIRAL BLUE BELL VIDEO INVESTIGATION: Lufkin Police Department is investigating the viral video of a woman licking Blue…

Posted by Lufkin Police & Fire on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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