One week since traces of listeria forced Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to recall every pint out of an overabundance of caution (because, as the CDC tells Grub, chances are fairly low people will get sick), the company has tallied up the damage.
It’s pretty severe: Over 265 tons of ice cream, or over half a million pounds, will be destroyed. In a statement released yesterday, the company says that equals about 15 semi-truck loads, and that it cost more than $2.5 million. Jeni’s also adds that an “all-hands-on-deck” eradication effort is under way, and new tests have all come back negative, but, nonetheless, “no one should be eating any of Jeni’s frozen products.”
In case you’re wondering how a company disposes of that much bad dairy, Jeni’s says, “The vast majority of the ice cream, if not all, will be taken to an anaerobic digester that will convert the dairy into electricity and a clean, natural soil fertilizer.”