After recent Listeria outbreak associated with Texan company Blue Bell Ice cream, a new situation emerges. Ohio’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams have decided to recall all of their products from all retailers, as Listeria was found in a batch of their ice cream, after random control conducted by Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
The company took back their products voluntarily, so that they may identify the infected lots and pinpoint in which of their factories and in which sector the infection started. “We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers”, said Chief Executive of Jeni’s, John Lowe.
According to the CDC, the high risk groups of Listeriosis involve pregnant women, for whom the infection is particularly dangerous, as it may cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Elderly people and people with weakened immune systems can be in real trouble as well, if infected with Listeria, since they will not have the proper means to fight it.
Contamination occurs by consuming infected food, like uncooked meat or vegetables, raw (unpasteurized) milk and products made from it, processed foods, including cheeses, fish and meat. Because Listeria has a very low freezing point, it successfully survives in many types of refrigerators and food factories have been battling it for a very long time.
The symptoms include fever, stiff neck, nausea and diarrhea in uncomplicated cases and muscle ache, confusion, and even convulsions, in serious ones. Symptoms are unspecific for pregnant women as well, including fever, fatigue and aches, but the damage undergone by the fetus is extensive.
This is why pregnant women who have consumed Jeni’s ice cream lately, should consult with their doctors in case they experience these symptoms. Testing for Listeria involves a thorough medical check-up and a blood test, that can confirm the infection.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has all the intention to resolve the situation and are taking every precaution necessary to be declared Listeria free before they reopen then doors. They have prolonged they working hours in their call centers, so if costumers want to contact them regarding this matter, they can be found from 9 AM to 10 AM today and from 9 AM to 5 PM from here on.
The FDA is conducting an analysis on the matter and it seems that they believe that the finding of Listeria in a batch of Jeni’s ice cream is not related to the outbreak involving Blue Bell Ice Cream. It is now everybody’s expectation that the exact location of the contamination be found and the matter dealt with swiftly.
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