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Positive Listeria Test Prompts another Ice Cream Recall

Apr 27, 2015

Another ice cream company is recalling all of its products due to potential listeria contamination. Associated Press reports that Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio issued a recall after health officials found that a sample of its frozen treats contained listeria. Blue Bell of Texas recently issued a similar recall after its ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses, including three deaths, in four states.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman said there is currently no evidence that the recalls are related to one another. "At this time, the FDA does not believe that the finding of listeria in one sample of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is related to the outbreak and recall associated with Blue Bell Ice Cream," said spokesman Jeff Ventura, according to AP. "We are continuing to investigate both situations and will provide updated information to consumers as we learn more."

Associated Press reports that the tainted sample was tested by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture from a Whole Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska. The recalled products, which were distributed to retail outlets and sold online at, all bear the brand name "Jeni's". No illnesses are currently linked to the recall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Listeria bacteria is found in soil and water. Because the bacteria grow well in refrigeration, it is difficult for facilities handle contamination. Foods that commonly contain listeria include processed meats, unpasteurized cheeses and unpasteurized milk and sometimes other foods. In 2011, 30 deaths were linked to listeria in cantaloupes. The bacteria is most dangerous in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborn infants. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms.

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