The Listeria saga continues:  265 tons of company ice cream products down the drain


A possible threat of Listeria contamination prompted Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams manufacturer to destroy 265 tons of the ice cream in an interview Tuesday.

15 tractor trailer trucks are needed to accommodate that much ice cream and the effort will cost the business $2.5 million or more, CEO John Lowe stated in a statement.

The bacteria was discovered in the Ohio-based company’s production plant and in the products last week.  Because of that incident,  the ice cream maker recalled all of its products from vendors and shut down ice cream stores in six states.

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries closed its facilities in 3 states for a rigorous clean up after the bacteria was discovered in their merchandise and recalled all of its products last week after some of its ice cream tested positive for Listeria,  the AP reported.

In the Blue Bell scare, 3 people in Kansas died and 10 people in four states become ill due to ingestion of what is believed to be Listeria contaminated Blue Bell products, reported the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the FDA said last week that there is a no probable link between the Listeria contamination of both Blue Bell and Jeni’s products.

“We are continuing to investigate both situations and will provide updated information to consumers as we learn more,” said Lauren Sucher, the agency spokeswoman.

Blue Bell frozen desserts are distributed to roughly half of the United States.

Dr. Brendan Jackson, a CDC medical epidemiologist, said the Blue Bell product outbreak was a first time it had been seen in ice cream. “Over the years, Listeria outbreaks have mostly been among soft cheeses, deli meats and other ready-to-eat meats,” Jackson added.

According to the CDC, Listeria bacteria may thrive in a food processing factory for years, which  contaminates food products at times.


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