Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recalls products, closes stores due to listeria concerns

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CHICAGO -- A popular ice cream shop in Chicago is among a nationwide recall and temporary closures.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream announced a voluntary recall due to listeria concerns.  WGN's Nancy Loo reports a one pint container tested positive for listeria.  And in an abundance of caution, it stopped sales and closed all scoop shops.

Jeni’s has two Chicago locations on the North Side, one located at 3404 N. Southport Ave. and one located at 1505 N Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.   They are expected to be closed for a few days.

The statement on the company’s website stated:

“Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is not aware of any illness reports to date related to the recalled products. However, out of an abundance of caution, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is taking this voluntary precautionary measure in order to ensure complete consumer safety … “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. We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers.”

Customers who have purchased any of the products are urged to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund, and consult with their physician regarding any medical questions. Customers may also contact Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at 614-360-3905 and at recall@jenis.com.

Just days ago, Blue Bell issued a similar recall.

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can't grow at freezing temperatures. A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration says it has no evidence, for now, that the two recalls are connected.

More info at: jenis.com/recall.

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