Days after Blue Bell pulled each and every one of its products off shelves over concerns about listeria contamination — the latest wave of a series of Blue Bell recalls over listeria fears — another ice cream maker has followed suit. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream recalled all of its products due to — you guessed it — possible contamination with the listeria bacteria. Unlike Blue Bell, which has seen 10 illnesses linked to its recall, nobody has reported any illnesses connected to eating Jeni's products at this time.
In a statement posted to its website, Jeni's says that it's acting out of an abundance of caution after a random sample taken by the Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches for all flavors and containers because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is ceasing all sales and closing all scoop shops until all products are ensured to be 100% safe.
The ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches being recalled were distributed in the United States to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, as well as online at jenis.com. This recall includes all products bearing the “Jeni’s” brand name.
If you have any Jeni's hanging out in your freezer, or if you happen to find some in your local grocery store, don't eat it. Listeria is by no means eradicated by super-low temperatures, and it's unclear at present exactly which Jeni's products and with what sell-by date could possibly contain the bacteria.
There is no known link between Jeni's recall and Blue Bell's. Meanwhile, Blue Bell, which has no products on shelves at present, is working hard to erase the damage done by its first recall in more than a century of existence. Blue Bell has said in a statement that it's instituting new safety policies to ensure that no new products could be contaminated.
Blue Bell products should be back on shelves in a couple of weeks, but it's not yet clear when Jeni's will be back.