WASHINGTON – A second ice cream company has shut down production this week after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio recalled its frozen products following a similar action by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries Monday. Blue Bell’s ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states and three deaths.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the recalls are connected. Listeria isn’t commonly found in ice cream, since the bacteria can’t grow at freezing temperatures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are no known illnesses linked to Jeni’s products.
Jeni’s said it is recalling all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches and closing retail stores until its products are “ensured to be 100 percent safe.”