Breaking news: Jeni's announces recall of all products

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

Dispatch photo by Adam Cairns

A sign on the door of Jeni's in the Short North announces the store is closed.

Step away from the Salty Caramel - at least for the time being.

Today Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams announced a recall of all their products - as well as a temporary closure of all their scoop shops - due to the "possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes."

According to a press release from the company, the bacteria was discovered in a sample taken by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

"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," said Jeni's CEO John Lowe in the release. "We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers."

The recall affects "all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers," and the company recommends that customers dispose of any products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Jeni's has not been aware of any reports of illness related to its products and is making the recall voluntarily. Listeria is a bacteria that occurs naturally in soil and water, and it can cause serious infections in young children, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system.

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