Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams discovered evidence of a second Listeria contamination during routine testing at its production line, less than two months after a previous Listeria contamination forced a recall of all ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet products.
“We have found Listeria in our production facility again,” CEO John Lowe said on the company’s website on Friday. The company halted production earlier in the week after one batch from its Columbus, Ohio-based plant tested positive for Listeria, a potentially lethal bacteria that can thrive in unpasteurized dairy products.
Lowe wrote that the company had initiated routine testing of “every batch” since the first Listeria contamination was discovered last April. “It is with complete confidence that we can say all of the ice cream that has been served in our shops since reopening on May 22 has been safe and is 100% Listeria-free,” he wrote.
A previous Listeria outbreak in April made national headlines after three Texans fell ill from a contaminated Blue Bell Ice Cream products.