August 24, 2016 — The FDA has issued a warning letter to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams after inspectors found Listeria, showing the company is still struggling with contamination issues.
In a letter sent August 9, the FDA said two samples taken from a facility in Ohio in January tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning and miscarriages in pregnant women.
Inspectors also found “significant” violations of good manufacturing practices. Those violations included ongoing problems with “heavy accumulation of apparent dust and dirt” on fans and other air-blowing equipment in the dishwashing room.
The FDA also found problems with cross-contamination of sugar with packaging materials, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In April 2015, Jeni’s recalled all ice cream products and closed their stores after finding Listeria in a pint of ice cream in Nebraska. The company shut down for cleaning and started routinely testing every batch of ice cream. Two months later, Listeria was discovered again and the company shut down temporarily.
Before re-opening in August 2015, Jeni’s outsourced production to other ice cream makers. However, the company continued to make flavoring ingredients locally in Ohio. Those frozen flavor products may still be exposed to Listeria, according to the FDA.
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