Company is confident none of the ice cream served since reopening was contaminated


More Listeria was found in a Jeni's production facility. All scoop shops have been temporarily closed. Meghan Ralston file photo

Uh-oh, here we go again. In a blog postposted today (Friday, June 12) on Jeni's website, CEO John Lowe said the artisanal ice cream maker found Listeria in a production facility again, this time after a routine swabbing as part of its monitoring program, but the company is confident none of the ice cream served in its scoop shops since reopening on May 22 was contaminated.

All of the scoop shops are closed temporarily because there's not enough ice cream to keep them stocked, Lowe said.

"While we would most certainly prefer that Listeria never enter our facility, we do take solace in the fact that our protocols and testing have worked: we found the Listeria before it got into ice cream we served," Lowe wrote. "This finding and our ceasing of production enables us the opportunity to prevent contamination and continue to ensure the safety of our customers."

Production was halted earlier this week, and the company is investigating where and how it may have re-entered the facility.

"We have a theory and are testing that theory," Lowe wrote. "We don't yet have a timeline for the resumption of production."

Jeni's first closed on April 23 after listeria was found in two of its pints.All of Jeni's products were immediately recalled, just short of the company's prime selling window. In all, $2.5 million and 265 tons of ice cream, quite literally, down the drain. Upon reopening, Jeni spoke with Alive in an extensive interview about the changes the company made to its production facility and other steps to ensure this didn't happen again.