Jeni's issues recall of all products, closes retail stores - WSMV News 4

Jeni's issues recall of all products, closes retail stores

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has issued a voluntary recall of all its ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches due to the possible threat of Listeria contamination.

Jeni's is ceasing all sales and closing all its ice cream shops until the products are deemed safe.

Jeni's has three locations in Nashville. They will be closed until further notice.

The Listeria contamination was discovered in a sample randomly collected by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. In a release, Jeni's said they were not aware of any illness reports related to the recalled products.

Jeni's CEO John Lowe said the voluntary recall came out of an abundance of caution.

"Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety of all consumers by taking every possible precaution," Lowe said.

Brian Todd, a spokesperson for the Metro Health Department, said no one has reported any cases in Nashville.

"We know that it can be a very serious illness, especially for those who are very young, those who are elderly, as well as those who have a weakened immune system," Todd said. "It's something that can be so serious it can put you in the hospital and can even cause death."

Most people told Channel 4 they were thankful Jeni's is taking proactive measures.

"We were originally over in east Nashville and we were going to try the Jeni's over there and it was closed," said Sarah Caldwell of Nashville. "Somebody said there was one in 12 South, so we drove over here and they're closed as well. So we're going to have to find ice cream somewhere else I think."

There is no word when the stores will reopen. The company is urging customers to throw away any Jeni's items in their homes.

Earlier this week, Blue Bell also issued a voluntary recall of all its products due to possible Listeria contamination.

Side effects of a Listeria infection include fever, nausea and diarrhea.

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