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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Halts Production After Listeria Discovered Again

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams halted production of all products for a second time since April after listeria was once again discovered in the company’s Ohio-based production facility.

Jeni’s said in a statement Friday that no ice cream had been contaminated by the listeria, which was found during a routine swabbing.

The company recalled all of its products, destroyed its entire stock of ice cream and closed all of its shops on April 23 after listeria was found in a randomly selected sample of their product, according to the FDA.

Jeni’s started producing ice cream again on May 13, but CEO John Lowe said he is confident that the most recent bout of listeria did not leave the kitchen because the company has been testing every batch of the dessert and holding it until it comes back negative for the bacteria.

Related: Blue Bell Creameries Pulls All of Its Products After Ice Cream Listeria Scare

“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,” the company said on its website, adding that its 21 shops across seven states will temporarily close because the kitchen does not have the product to keep them stocked.

Jeni’s also ships ice cream products to retail stores and individuals all over the United States.

The statement said that it was investigating and testing a "theory" for how the listeria had reemerged.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.

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