The fourth-largest ice cream maker in America, Blue Bell, pulled all its products from shelves because of listeria just a couple days ago. And as it turns out, the Blue Bell listeria outbreak dates to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Now, Ohio-based Jeni’s Ice Cream issued a voluntary recall of all its products—including ice cream, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches—and announced it was temporarily closing all of its shops. Jeni’s sells ice creams in grocery stores and retailers all over the country (and online), and it has stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Nashville, Atlanta, and Charleston.
No illness caused by Jeni’s products have been reported (yet)—so what exactly is going on? According to CNN and the official statement from Jeni’s,
Here’s a frightening stat for you: “In the United States, an estimated 1,600 people become seriously ill with listeria each year; about 16% of these cases result in death,” reports CNN. Still, some people aren’t taking the listeria scare too seriously. Like this guy:
And this girl is just asking for it:
— Lizzie Crocker (@nymtwit) April 23, 2015