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FDA Inspectors Found Inadequate Testing, Cleanliness at Jeni’s Ice Cream Plant in Ohio

Company CEO says all problems have been fixed

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Eight visits by two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in late April revealed inadequate pathogen controls and cleanliness practices at the company’s production facility at 909 Michigan Ave. in Columbus, OH. The FDA inspections occurred between April 20-30 during the time the company announced the recall of all of… Continue Reading

FDA Posts Blue Bell Inspection Reports From 2007-2014

Violations did not include evidence of Listeria

Blue Bell Creameries plant in Texas

In response to a records request from a Dallas newspaper, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday posted four additional inspection reports of Blue Bell Creameries facilities from 2007-2012. The four join recent FDA inspection reports of three Blue Bell plants performed before and after the company’s April 20, 2015, total product recall. None of the… Continue Reading

After Recall, Jeni’s Scoop Shops Reopening for Memorial Day Weekend

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which recalled all of its products last month after Listeria contamination was found in two pints of ice cream made in its Columbus, OH, production kitchen, will reopen most of its 21 scoop shops on Friday. Owner Jeni Britton Bauer indicated that the company wouldn’t be back to full production, and that customers might… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

Those on the Lookout for Listeria are Finding It This Year

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More than two dozen food recalls so far this year due to contamination with deadly Listeria monocytogenes do not necessarily mark an increase, but they are involving a much broader range of foods and popular brands which the public has never before associated with the nasty pathogen. And while Listeria-related recalls this year are numerous, only one of… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Lays Off Hundreds of Workers Because of Recall

Blue Bell Creameries plant in Texas

Blue Bell Creameries announced Friday that because of the “extended timeline” required for cleaning up its four manufacturing plants before resuming ice cream production, the company will cut hundreds of employees from its workforce. On April 20, the company recalled all products made in all four plants due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. CEO and President Paul Kruse said… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Agrees to Listeria Testing and Reporting Regime for Plants in Texas and Oklahoma

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The president and CEO of Blue Bell Creameries signed voluntary agreements on Thursday with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry holding the company to a detailed Listeria testing and reporting regime before selling any ice cream made at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, or the one… Continue Reading

Soybean and Mung Bean Sprouts Recalled for Listeria Risk

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Good Seed Inc. is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling the following products, which were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina: 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts”… Continue Reading

Jeni’s CEO: Listeria ‘Smoking Gun’ was Spout of One Production Machine

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In an update posted Wednesday from John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, he said that swab testing had found Listeria on the spout of one machine in the company’s production kitchen in Columbus, OH. “We can now say that we believe we located the smoking gun,” he said, adding that, “It is a… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Recalls: Blue Bell and Jeni’s Ice Cream

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … ” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities,” the famous novel by Charles Dickens about events leading up to the French Revolution. While two ice cream companies’ recent recalls pale in relative significance to world history, they loom large in the world of food… Continue Reading