Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Columbus, OH, is recalling all of its ice cream, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes, a life-threatening foodborne pathogen.
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What’s the Problem?
The problem was discovered when a sample of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream randomly collected by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) tested positive for the presence of listeria. Ice cream products affected by the recall were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, as well as sold online. This recall includes all products bearing the “Jeni’s” brand name.
The company is ceasing all sales and closing its scoop shops until an investigation can be completed.
“We have called in experts to help us find the root cause,” said John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers.”
Customers who have purchased any recalled items should discard them or return them to the point of purchase for a full refund. Contact your doctor right away if you are experiencing symptoms of food poisoning.
Source of Outbreak Unknown
The Jeni's ice cream recall, as well as a similar recall issued over potential listeria contamination by Brenham, TX-based Blue Bell Creameries, raise questions about how the bacteria could have contaminated different manufacturing plants - and whether the recalls are connected. The outbreaks are unusual due to the fact that listeria rarely contaminates ice cream because the bacterium can't survive at freezing temperatures.
Jeni’s to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream
April 29 - Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams announced today that it will destroy more than a half million pounds of ice cream as a result of its products testing positive for listeria. That amount of ice cream is enough to fill 15 semi-truck trailers, and will cost Jeni’s more than $2.5 million to dispose of, according to company CEO John Lowe.
FDA Uncovers Problems with Listeria Cleanup at Jeni’s Ice Cream Plant
May 26 - 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 last month’s nationwide recall, according to Law 360. The agency cited at least 11 ‘inspectional observations’ which included 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.
Jeni’s Closes Plants After New Listeria Outbreak
June 11 - 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, according to the New York Times. Jeni’s is still uncertain as to how the bacteria got inside the plant, according to a statement by CEO John Lowe, but the company is investigating the matter. “We have a theory and are testing that theory,” Lowe said.
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How To Avoid Listeria Food Poisoning
Most cases of listeria infection can be avoided by following basic food preparation standards. Cook food thoroughly, clean all surfaces, separate prepared from uncooked food and keep leftovers properly refrigerated. Refrigerators should also be periodically cleaned. Listeria can survive a long time even on inorganic surfaces, so if the bacteria gets into your refrigerator it can continue to contaminate exposed food over and over again.
Do I Have a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit?
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