Bridey Heing
April 24, 2015 1:04 pm

Sad news, ice cream fans. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, an Ohio-based artisanal ice cream company that is so tasty, announced Thursday that they were recalling all of their products and closing all stores after a random sample tested by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture came back positive for the bacteria listeria.

As of now, no illnesses have been reported. But nonetheless, Jeni’s decided to act fast to get their ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches off shelves across the country. If it’s in your freezer, you should also probably kick it to the bin. The company even took things a step further by closing their shops until they can guarantee the safety of their products. While this is a mega bummer, we seriously appreciate their commitment to their customers.

“Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety of all consumers by taking every possible precaution,” John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, said in an official statement. “We have decided to recall everything currently on retailer shelves, and we are closing our scoop shops until we are 100% confident every item we sell is safe. We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers.”

Listeria, which also caused a recent Blue Bell recall, can cause fatal infections in children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, headaches, stiffness, and abdominal pains. It can also cause miscarriages if a pregnant woman becomes infected. It’s estimated that Listeria infects about 1,600 people in the U.S. per year, with 16% of those cases resulting in death . . . which is terrifying and horrible.

While we’re sad to see Jeni’s go for a while, we are glad they are being so proactive about their customers’ health. We hope to see you in stores again soon, Jeni’s Splendid! And yeah, maybe have a brownie for dessert instead.

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