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Jeni’s Confirms Listeria Present In At Least Two Different Products

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says it is destroying more than 535,000 pounds of ice cream. The recall will cost the company more than $2.5 million.
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says it has found listeria in at least two different frozen products.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Jeni's says the lot number of the product that began the listeria inquiry was 5-025-201 and is stamped on the bottom of the containers. The product is a pint of Dark Chocolate ice cream.

Listeria was also found in a pint of The Buckeye State ice cream, and listeria might be present in other flavors as well.

This comes after Jeni’s announced last week it was recalling its entire product line and temporarily closing its stores due to listeria fears.  The recall impacts all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers.

In response, the company says it is destroying more than 535,000 pounds of ice cream.  The recall will cost the company more than $2.5 million.

The vast majority of the ice cream, if not all, will be taken to an anaerobic digester that will convert the dairy into electricity and a clean, natural soil fertilizer.

Listeria was found in a pint of The Buckeye State ice cream, and Listeria might be present in other flavors as well.

CEO John Lowe stresses that no one should be eating any of Jeni’s frozen products.  The company will not make or serve and ice cream until it is certain the product is safe.

Meantime, the company says it has taken steps to provide partial pay for team members who are missing work as a result of the temporary closure. They are also maintaining health benefits.

Customers who have purchased any of the products are urged to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund, and consult with their physician regarding any medical questions. Customers may also contact Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at 614-360-3905 between the hours of 9 am and 10 pm (E.D.T.) on April 23 and 24, from 9 am to 5 pm (E.D.T.) on April 25 and 26, and from 9 am to 5 pm (E.D.T.) on Mondays through Fridays thereafter. Jeni’s can also be contacted by email at recall@jenis.com, and at jenis.com/recall.

Read the full statement