June 15, 2015 — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has found Listeria in their production facility and shut down all operations again, just weeks after reopening.
In a statement from the company, Listeria was found in the Columbus, Ohio facility during “routine swabbing” as part of a new monitoring protocol.
Jeni’s recalled all of their ice cream in April after finding Listeria in a pint of ice cream. The contamination was traced to the spout of a pint-filling machine.
Since resuming production in May 13, the company has been testing every batch of ice cream and holding it until tests come back negative for Listeria. According to Jeni’s CEO John Lowe:
“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% Listeria-free.”
Even so, Jeni’s is closing all retail locations temporarily because they don’t have enough ice cream to keep them stocked. The company does not have a timeline for resuming production and is still investigating how Listeria may have re-entered the facility.
No illnesses have been linked to ice cream from Jeni’s so far.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that is commonly found in soil, water, and some animals. It can easily be tracked into a facility on the bottom of a shoe, for example, and persist in the facility for years. Once established, it is very difficult to eradicate. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can grow under refrigeration temperatures.
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