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FDA Uncovers Problems with Listeria Cleanup at Jeni’s Ice Cream Plant

An FDA investigation of a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream plant in Columbus, OH, revealed inadequate pathogen controls and cleanliness practices in the wake of a listeria outbreak that prompted the company to recall all of its products nationwide.

Free Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

May 26, 2015 – Officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) conducted the inspections in late April, around the time Jeni’s initiated a recall for all of its products after Listeria monocytogenes was found in 2 different flavors of its ice cream. The agency determined that Jeni’s had not properly assigned compliance duties and was not sufficiently sanitizing some surfaces at the plant, according to a report issued last Friday.

In 11 ‘inspectional observations,’ FDA cited numerous failures by Jeni’s regulatory manager and director of operations, including being unaware that employees weren’t sanitizing freezers and that towels used as sanitizing wipes didn’t actually contain any sanitizer.

The agency also said the plant doesn’t have enough room to store sanitation supplies or to allow employees to move around without constantly coming into contact with one another, and said it found streaks of ice cream on the floor, a power outlet box and ceiling lights, with dust and dirt built up in other areas.

Jeni’s employees also made production errors that could potentially cause bacterial contamination, including touching the outside of a bag of cocoa powder against the inside of a large kettle that isn’t properly cleaned between batches, according to investigators.

The FDA report comes about 2 weeks after Jeni’s announced that it had identified a spout on a pint-filling machine as the likely source of the listeria contamination, and said that it would update its day-to-day operations to include swab testing and other procedures to minimize the risk of contamination.

Jeni’s is not the only ice cream company to have troubles with listeria contamination this year. The company announced its nationwide recall and the closure of its scoop shops just days after Blue Bell Creameries pulled all of its ice cream products in response to a listeria outbreak linked to at least 3 deaths.

Do I Have a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria food poisoning cases cases in all 50 states.

Free Jeni’s Ice Cream Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with listeria after eating Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Food Poisoning Suit and our lawyers can help.

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