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Jenis Ice Cream Learned Little In How To Prevent Listeria From 2008 FDA Inspection

snba-dining-jenis_0In 2008 the FDA inspected Jenis plant and found:

  • Effective measures are not being taken to exclude pests from the processing areas.
  • Failure to provide adequate screening or other protection against pests.
  • Employees in contact with food-contact surfaces and food-packaging materials were not maintaining adequate personal cleanliness.
  • Plumbing constitutes a source of contamination to food and equipment.Storage or use of toxic materials which are not required to maintain clean and sanitary conditions, arc unnecessary for use in laboratory testing procedures, are unnecessary for plant and equipment maintenance, and are unnecessary for use in plant operations.
  • Employees were observed to be drinking beverages in areas were food is exposed and equipment or utensils are washed.
  • Failure to wear beard covers and hair restraints where appropriate.
  • Lack of backflow protection from piping systems that discharge waste water and sewage.

And, in 2015 after Missouri Department of Agriculture found Listeria in finished product the FDA inspected Jenis again and this time found:

  • Responsibility for assuring compliance with current good manufacturing practices relating to personnel has not been assigned to competent supervisory personnel.
  • Failure to perform microbial testing where necessary to identify sanitation failures and possible food contamination.
  • Failure to provide sufficient space for placement o f equipment and storage o f materials as necessary for the maintenance o f sanitary operations and the production of safe food.
  • Failure to maintain buildings, fixtures, or other physical facilities in a sanitary condition.
  • Non food-contact equipment in manufacturing and food handling areas is not constructed so that it can be kept in a clean condition.
  • The design and workmanship o f equipment does not allow proper cleaning.
  • Failure to store raw materials in a manner that protects against contamination.
  • Failure to operate fans and other air-blowing equipment in a manner that minimizes the potential for contaminating food and food-contact surfaces.
  • All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.
  • Suitable outer garments are not worn that protect against contamination of food, food contact surfaces, and food packaging materials.
  • Failure to perform filling and packaging in a manner that protects food from becoming contaminated.

Perhaps its just me, but doesn’t the Jenis logo look a bit different if you changed the J to a P?