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Listeria Found Again at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Facility

Listeria Found Again at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Facility

August 24, 2016 — More than a year after all Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was recalled, Listeria has been found again at a production facility in Ohio.

In a warning letter issued on August 9, the FDA said two swabs from the facility tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a bacteria can survive freezing and grow in refrigerator temperatures. Infections can cause severe food poisoning, meningitis, and miscarriages in pregnant women.

The inspection in January also found “significant” violations of good manufacturing practices, including ongoing problems with “heavy accumulation of apparent dust and dirt” on fans and other air-blowing equipment in the dishwashing room.

Inspectors also found problems with cross-contamination between sugar and its packaging materials, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Jeni’s recalled $2.5 million worth of ice cream products in April 2015 after a pint tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The company shut down temporarily and began testing every batch of ice cream for Listeria. Two months later, Listeria was found again and the company shuttered its stores for another cleaning.

Jeni’s re-opened in August 2015 after outsourcing production to other ice cream makers. The company continued making some flavoring ingredients locally in Ohio, but the FDA believes those products may still be exposed to Listeria.

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