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FDA: Jeni's Ice Cream to Stay Open After Listeria Detected in Kitchen

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 01:54 PM

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is under fire once again for listeria after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the pathogen in the company's production kitchen.

No listeria was found in Jeni's products. The FDA sent a letter to Jeni's CEO John Lowe this month saying that swabs of the prep-room floor and a washroom floor taken in January and February had come back positive, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company operates ice cream shops in seven states and sells its products through Whole Foods and other retailers.

The company shut down twice last year for more than a month — recalling some 535,000 pounds of ice cream, which cost them about $2.7 million — after listeria was found in a pint of Jeni's ice cream in Nebraska, The Dispatch noted.

"Last year, they found 20 positive samples. This year, they collected 75 and found only two positive. Whatever they have been doing is working," Ahmed Yousef, a listeria and food safety expert at Ohio State University, told the newspaper.

On the other hand, he said, the strains from this year and last year match, suggesting that "there is a niche in the environment that is breeding this and reproducing it."

A warning letter from the FDA called for "prompt action" to address the concerns or else the company could face enforcement actions, such as seizure or injunction, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company has taken steps to improve safety since its 2015 incidents, like performing a deep clean and sanitizing the plant, hiring a sanitation consultant, and making production changes, according to The Journal.

The company defended its practices and the safety of its products, Columbus Business First reported.

"As a result of our sanitation and other food safety procedures, our environmental testing program and our test-and-hold procedures, we can assure everyone that the food we produce is absolutely 100-percent safe," the company wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "Beyond that, we want to clarify that the periodic detection of listeria on non-food contact surfaces is not in any way abnormal in the industry or indicative of an 'outbreak' of listeria."

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