Listeria Scare Sidelines Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

All of its products are being recalled, and its shops, including the new Los Feliz location, are temporarily closed

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a nationally renowned artisanal brand that recently opened a Los Feliz shop, has recalled all of its ice creams and temporarily shut down all of its stores after Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found in a random sample of a Jeni’s product.

As the Ohio-based Jeni’s wrote in a statement, Listeria “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” It has also been known to put pregnancies at risk.

All of Jeni’s ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches, which have been popular at many high-end grocery stores, are being removed from freezer shelves nationwide.

“We have decided to recall everything currently on retailer shelves, and we are closing our scoop shops until we are 100 percent confident every item we sell is safe,” Jeni’s said in its statement. “We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers.”

Jeni’s recall comes after Texas-based ice cream giant Blue Bell’s recall of all its products because of potential Listeria contamination.