When this latest Listeria Ice Cream recall, prompted by another random test by a Department of Agriculture (remember, the massive Blue Bell outbreak and recall was prompted by a South Carolina test) dropped into my inbox, for some reason I thought of the line from the movie “Field of Dreams” – “If you build it they will come.” I guess the new tag line for Ice Cream and Listeria will be “If you test you will find it.”
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is ceasing all sales and closing all scoop shops until all products are ensured to be 100% safe.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals infected by Listeria may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, infected pregnant women can suffer miscarriages or stillbirths.
The ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches being recalled were distributed in the United States to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, as well as online at jenis.com. This recall includes all products bearing the “Jeni’s” brand name.
The contamination was discovered in a sample randomly collected by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is not aware of any illness reports to date related to the recalled products.