Celiac disease alert: Gluten-free Jeni's ice cream recalled

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all of its frozen products, and this includes the gluten-free versions. If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities and purchased the items, then you should throw them away or return them to the store. Jeni’s discovered Listeria monocytogenes in its ice cream and production kitchen.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is urging consumers not to eat any of its ice cream, yogurt or sorbet products. Jeni’s has an extensive line of gluten-free products that range from coffee with cream and sugar ice cream to chocolate hazelnut ice cream sandwiches. The company is recalling all of its products and recommending that consumers try to get a refund from the store.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shares that Listeria monocytogenes was found in one of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams products during a test by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The company confirms this and adds that Listeria was also found in another pint from the batch. In addition, Jeni’s mentions that the production kitchen has tested positive for Listeria.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has ceased production of new frozen products while it deals with the contamination. The company has started a cleaning plan and will test for the bacteria again. It promises that it is working with an expert to change production techniques, so the problem does not appear again. It is also evaluating the sources of its ingredients for potential contamination issues.

Listeria monocytogenes can be deadly, and it has a variety of symptoms. You may experience nausea, diarrhea, pain, fever and other issues. Although the company states it is not aware of anyone becoming sick at this time, it strongly encourages people to dispose of their Jeni’s products. The recall affects retail stores and the scoop shop, so Jeni’s treats are not currently available.

Read more about celiac disease:
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