Spring and summer are high season for ice cream companies, unless of course you're Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: A voluntary listeria-related recall back in April cost the company an estimated $2.5 million, and just weeks after reopening its scoop shops, they're closed again following a new discovery of listeria in the Jeni's production facility.
CEO John Lowe broke the news today in a blog post to the Jeni's website, which reads in part:
We have found Listeria in our production facility again. We discovered the Listeria through routine swabbing as part of our monitoring program. We stopped production earlier this week and have been investigating where and how it may have re-entered the facility. ... Since resuming production in our kitchen on May 13, 2015, we have been testing every batch of ice cream we have made and holding it until we learned that the testing did not detect any Listeria. So it is with complete confidence that I 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.
The company doesn't yet have a projected date as to when it'll be able to resume production.
Meanwhile, it looks like there's an end in sight for fellow ice cream company Blue Bell, which also recently suffered a listeria outbreak: According to Consumerist, the CDC has declared Blue Bell's outbreak over, "though it will be several months before Blue Bell can get new, listeria-free ice cream on the market." The Blue Bell listeria outbreak put 10 people in the hospital, three of whom died; no illnesses have been reported as a result of Jeni's listeria problems.