Jeni's uncovers more listeria, will again close scoop shops

Anthony Dominic, Crave

Three weeks after reopening for business, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has again discovered Listeria in its production facility and will temporarily cease production and close scoop shops. The contamination was discovered earlier this week during a routine swabbing, company CEO John Lowe said in a press release issued this morning. Staff is trying to determine how the bacteria re-entered the facility, following the contamination and subsequent product recall that rocked the company in April.

An important distinction: At this time, Listeria was found in the production kitchen, not in an ice cream sample. Lowe said he can assure customers that all ice cream served since scoop shops re-opened May 22 has been free of bacteria. There is no hard timeline in place for when ice cream production will resume.

"While we would most certainly prefer that Listeria never enter our facility, we do take solace in the fact that our protocols and testing have worked: we found the Listeria before it got into ice cream we served," Lowe said in the release. "This finding and our ceasing of production enables us the opportunity to prevent contamination and continue to ensure the safety of our customers."