Jeni's reopens stores after listeria discovery

In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will reopen its retail shops on Saturday after being forced to shut down earlier this month, the company said on its website. However, the offerings will be limited and manufactured by its partner Smith Dairy.

Earlier this month, the Columbus, Ohio-based company closed its 21 stores—for the second time since April—after it found listeria in its plant.

The menu selection will be limited at first, but the company plans to add more choices in the coming weeks. Jeni's said no ice cream was contaminated.

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Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries also closed down in April, after listeria in its products was linked to three deaths.

Once the FDA approves, Blue Bell said it will resume production with a phased-in selection of flavors and sizes, "expanding only after our revised programs have demonstrated they are capable of ensuring product safety," the company said in a statement last week.

In May, Blue Bell said it would lay off about 37 percent of its workforce as a result of the listeria-related incidents.