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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit

Jeni’s Splendid has recalled all of their ice cream after a product tested positive for Listeria. No reports of food poisoning have been associated with the recall.

What You Can Do & How a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting food poisoning induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with Listeria, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Listeria Found Again at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Facility in Ohio

August 24, 2016 — More than a year after Jeni’s recalled all of their ice cream, Listeria has been found again at a production facility in Ohio. The FDA also found significant violations of good manufacturing practices. Click here to read more.

June 15, 2015 — Just weeks after reopening, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has temporarily closed their doors again after finding Listeria in a production facility in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to read more.

May 26, 2015 — The FDA has released a report outlining flaws in food safety procedures at a facility in Cincinatti, Ohio where Listeria-tainted ice cream was made by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Click here to read more.

May 7, 2015 — The source of Listeria contamination that led Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to recall all of their products last month has been traced to the spout of a pint-filling machine, according to an update posted yesterday. Click here to read more.

Overview

Jeni’s Splendid is a boutique gourmet ice cream company that began in Columbus, Ohio in 2002. They sell ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches at nearly two dozen retail “scoop shops” nationwide. Jeni’s ice cream is also sold at some grocery stores, including Whole Foods.

Jeni’s Recalls Ice Cream for Listeria Risk

On April 23, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream issued a recall for all of their products due to possible contamination with Listeria. No illnesses have been linked to the products.

Timeline of Events

Ice cream is not a common source of food poisoning because Listeria does not grow in frozen foods. In many states, inspectors were not even collecting samples of ice cream until after 10 people were infected after eating ice cream made by Blue Bell Creameries.

April 2, 2015 — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture sampled a wide range of ice cream products at one Whole Foods store in Lincoln, Nebraska. Those samples included two Jeni’s products, Dark Chocolate and Brown Butter Almond Brittle.

April 15, 2015 — Tealth officials in Nebraska notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that one sample of Jeni’s Dark Chocolate tested positive for Listeria. The next day, another sample of the product was sent to a lab in Denver for further analysis.

April 23, 2015 — Contamination of the product was confirmed on April 21. Two days later, Jeni’s recalled all of their products, shut down all of their “scoop shops,” and temporarily suspended production at a facility in Harrison West, Ohio, while investigating the source of the problem and disinfecting the facility.

Jeni’s issued the following statement:

“We have decided to recall everything currently on retailer shelves, and we are closing our scoop shops until we are 100% confident every item we sell is safe. We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. 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.”

What is Listeria?

The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil. When ingested in contaminated food or water, it can cause serious invasive infections in the nervous system.

Healthy adults typically experience symptoms 3-70 days after being infected, and may suffer for weeks. The infection can be life-threatening for people with vulnerable immune systems, children, and older adults. Symptoms may include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea

Do I have a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting food poisoning induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with Listeria, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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