Just days after Blue Bell Creameries issued a massive recall, another ice cream melts away in the name of Listeria.
On Thursday, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream announced that it will voluntarily recall all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches due to their possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is not only clearing out their stock shelves, but also closing the doors to their shops until new rounds of testing prove that the sweets are indeed safe for consumers to eat.
During a random sampling conducted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture test, one pint of dark chocolate ice cream for sale in Omaha was found to contain Listera, Jeni's representative Jamie Siskin told The Huffington Post. According to the recall statement on the Jenie's website, the Ohio-based company recalled all products following the discovery, despite no news of reported illness to date.
As The Huffington Post has previously reported, Listeria monocytogenes can be particularly dangerous if consumed by the young, elderly, pregnant or those with weakened immune systems. The bacteria can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections, but healthy people are more likely to exhibit more minor symptoms, such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea and diarrhea.
Because Listeria survives well in cool temperatures, refrigeration does not protect against it in the way it does with other bacteria and fungi. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bacteria is typically found in soil and water, and can survive for years in a food processing factory. It can be found on raw meat and vegetables, as well as in cooked and processed foods.
The folks at Jeni's are encouraging customers who have recently purchased any of their products to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased to receive a full refund. They also ask that anyone who is worried about contact with Listeria to notify their physician.
Customers with further questions about the voluntary recall should contact Jeni’s at (614) 360-3905 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST on April 23 and 24, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST on April 25 and 26, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST on Mondays through Fridays thereafter. Customers can also reach them via email.