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Jeni’s Ice Cream Closes Plants After New Listeria Outbreak

Just weeks after re-opening, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has once again shut down its Ohio-based production facility and retail locations after finding listeria in its factory.

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?

June 11, 2015 – Jeni’s closed its Columbus plant this week after finding listeria during “routine swabbing,” according to a statement by CEO John Lowe.

Jeni’s detected the bacteria in its ice cream in April, forcing the company to recall all of its products and close its production facility and 20 retail stores. Listeria is a hearty bacteria that can survive for years in adverse conditions and extreme temperatures.

Another ice cream maker, Blue Bell Creameries, has been trying to determine how listeria infected products at its plants in Texas and Oklahoma. The company first started recalling ice cream in March and eventually removed all of its products nationwide in April. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked at least 10 listeria infections — including 3 deaths — to contaminated Blue Bell ice cream.

Jeni’s resumed production May 13 and re-opened its stores on May 22; the company has been testing each batch of ice cream for listeria before sending it out for distribution.

“So it is with complete confidence that I can say all of the ice cream that has been served in our shops since reopening on May 22 has been safe and is 100 percent listeria-free,” Lowe said. Jeni’s stores will remain closed because the company does not have enough ice cream to stock them, according to the New York Times.

Lowe made no mention of where listeria was found in the plant, but the company is investigating how the bacteria got inside. “We have a theory and are testing that theory,” Lowe said.

Jeni’s thought it had identified the source of the contamination last month: a machine that loads ice cream into pint-size containers. However, the machine and others like it are now cleaned, disassembled and tested everyday, according to Lowe.

Blue Bell was aware that listeria had been found in one of its plants as far back as 2013, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The company admitted that it hadn’t done enough to correct the problem, and responded last month to violations found by the FDA.

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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