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Second Ice Cream Maker In One Week Pulls All Products


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, sold at Whole Foods Market and A'Tavola Gourmet Marketplace in Boise and Atkinsons' Market in Bellevue and Ketchum, became the second brand-name ice cream maker to pull all of its products off shelves this week because of a listeria risk.

Health inspectors in Nebraska reported that they found a sample of Jeni's ice cream to be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that flourishes in cold temperatures and can trigger serious illness. As a result, the Ohio-based Jeni's announced early today that it would voluntarily recall its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet and cream sandwiches.

“We have decided to recall everything currently on retailer shelves, and we are closing our scoop shops until we are 100 percent confident every item we sell is safe," wrote Jeni's CEO John Lowe in Friday's announcement. "We have called in experts to help us find the root cause." 

Friday's recall comes in the shadow of Texas-based Blue Bell recalling all of its products due to listeria fears. In April, health officials confirmed that three people made ill by listeria in 2014 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats had been served.