Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet after a sample tested positive for the deadly bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (listeria).
So far no illnesses have been reported, but the company is recalling all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet and ice cream sandwiches as a safety precaution until further notice.
“Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety of all consumers by taking every possible precaution,” says John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Meantime, Blue Bell has now expanded its recall to include all Blue Bell products due to continuing issues with listeria.
Ten people in four different states are known to have been infected. Three people have died. A possible health risk was found in half gallon containers of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream produced March 17 and 27.
The company “cannot say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. However it has launched an active investigation.
Listeriosis is rare, but very serious. It is caused by consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily effects people of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, or develops fever and chills.
The potentially deadly bacteria is persistent. It can take anywhere from two to ten weeks to make a person sick with symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and cramps.
If you experience any of these symptoms after eating ice cream, seek medical care immediately.
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