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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Recalls Products Over Listeria Outbreak

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(Photo : www.jenis.com) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio has recalled all of its products on Thursday, after listeria was found in a sample of its frozen treats.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has recalled all of its products on Thursday after listeria was found in a sample of its ice cream, making it the second company to get embroiled in the listeria outbreak scandal.  

The move follows the recall made by Texas-based ice cream company Blue Bell Creameries on Monday following the death of three people after being served with Blue Bell ice cream.  Seven others were being treated. 

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"A randomly selected pint of ours tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes," the company said in a statement posted in its website. "Out of an abundance of caution, we made the swift decision to cease all ice cream production and sales until we can get to the very root of the problem," the statement added.

Jeni's recall covers all of its ice cream products, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches.  The company had shut down all its stores until they can guarantee that their products are safe for consumption.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture discovered the bacteria in a sample of Jeni's ice cream during a random test it had conducted in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The company immediately launched a thorough probe and hired experts who can help determine how their frozen products got contaminated. 

"We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use," said Jeni's CEO John Lowe.

The Food and Drug Administration also launched a parallel investigation that aims to find out if there's any link between the listeria found in Jeni's and Blue Bell products. So far, the FDA said it has not found any significant signs that the two are related.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not received any reports of illnesses associated with Jeni's products.  

The recalled products were distributed in all retail outlets across the United States, as well as online at www.jenis.com.

Symptoms of listeria include fever, muscle pain and gastrointestinal problems.  In worst cases, the disease can lead to death. The elderly, pregnant women, infants and people with weak immune system are at high risk of contracting the disease.

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