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Jeni’s shuts scoop shops after second listeria contamination

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is closed again in the wake of another listeria discovery.

The Columbus-based ice cream maker Friday said the bacteria was discovered in its production facility this week and that production was stopped and its scoops shops were closed.

The popular ice cream maker had idled its production complex and 21 stores for nearly a month before reopening May 22 after listeria was found first in a product sample in Nebraska and later at its kitchen.

“We stopped production earlier this week and have been investigating where and how it may have re-entered the facility,” CEO John Lowe wrote. “We have a theory and are testing that theory. We don’t yet have a timeline for the resumption of production.”

The bacteria was found during a routine swabbing as part of the company’s new monitoring program instituted in the wake of the previous shutdown.Lowe said that since production resumed May 13, every batch of ice cream passed its listeria test.

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