Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Halts Production Again
Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has once again closed its stores and ceased production after finding listeria in its production facility, just three weeks after reopening.
Details of the Listeria Contamination
According to Reuters, all ice cream served after the store’s reopening on May 22 was safe and free of listeria. According to Chief Executive Officer John Lowe, the company closed its stores due to the shortage of ice cream in stock.
The first time the ice cream company had to cease all activity was back in April, when it had stopped sales and recalled products like ice cream, frozen yoghurt, due to a random positive test listeria.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Listeria monocytogenes are organisms that can cause serious infection and can be deadly for newborns, elderly people and those with weak immune systems.”
Similar Cases: Blue Bell Creameries
Texas-based ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries suffered the same listeria outbreak last month and its reputation was severely damaged.
According to Reuters, the ice cream company stated, “it plans to lay off more than a third of its employees and suspend operations at distribution centers in 10 states.”
10 people were diagnosed with listeriosis in four states from the Blue Bell outbreak and three people died at a Kansas hospital that served Blue Bell products.