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Listeria found in Velvet Ice Cream facility

Mike Thomas

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Per a report from NBC4i.com, an FDA investigation of Velvet Ice Cream’s manufacturing facility in Utica—just 50 minutes from Columbus—has uncovered serious violations, including the presence of listeria at the site. 

“During the 2019 inspection, nine environmental swabs collected by FDA were positive for L. monocytogenes [listeria],” reads a warning letter issued by FDA officials.

“Swabs collected during a 2018 inspection also revealed the presence of L. monocytogenes in nine swabs within the facility,” the letter continues. “In addition, swabs collected during our 2017 inspection revealed L. monocytogenes in three swabs within the facility.”

Listeria monocytogenes is a disease-causing bacteria that can be found in moist environments. When people eat food tainted with L. monocytogenes, they may develop symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can last from days to several weeks

The FDA will require Velvet Ice Cream to establish a new food safety plan to remedy the concerns highlighted in the report.

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Following the FDA’s statement, Velvet Ice Cream officials released the following statement, which was published by NBC4i:

“Producing ice cream that is safe and of the highest quality has been the priority for Velvet Ice Cream and for our family for four generations. Our production facility in Utica maintains the highest standards for food safety, and our team of employees shares our commitment to assuring the safety of our ice cream products.

We understand concern about the recent letter issued by FDA, and we want to assure our valued customers that no ice cream products are affected. The ice cream we produce is regularly tested and confirmed to be free from Listeria and other foodborne bacteria. No Velvet ice cream product has ever tested positive.

It is important to know that no recall is taking place, and that our teams took swift action to address this issue. Our corrective measures included a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation of our plant, retraining of our employees in proper food safety procedures, hiring an independent food safety expert, and investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in new construction and equipment upgrades.

The trust of our ice cream lovers is of the utmost importance to our family, and we will do all that is needed to produce our ice cream under the highest standards for food safety excellence.”

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Easton loses home furnishing store

Regina Fox

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Home style enthusiasts will have one less place to shop in Easton now that Z Gallerie at 4194 Easton Gateway Dr. has permanently closed.

No reason for the closure was cited. The store specialized in fashion-forward furniture and decor ranging from traditional to bold.

The number for the Columbus location has been forwarded to the Louisville, KY store, which is now the closest Z Gallerie location to Columbus.

Dozens of other stores remain open across the United States. Z Gallerie has a strong online presence, as well. To learn more, visit zgallerie.com.

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Tee Jaye’s on Tee Vee: Fox News coming to area restaurant this week

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Biscuits and gravy with a side of political commentary? It seems that's what's on the menu this week at the Tee Jay's Country Place restaurant on Morse Road.

Following Tuesday's Democratic Presidental debate at Otterbein University on Tuesday, a reporter from the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" will be on hand at Tee Jaye's from 4am- 9am Wednesday morning to "hear what you thought of the debate and your thoughts about the next election," according to a post on Tee Jaye's Facebook page:

Are your friends and family sick and tired of your political ramblings? Try your hand at punditry over a barnyard buster this Wednesday. Just try not to leave with egg on your face!

The debate will also be covered by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the New York Times among many, many other news organizations.

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Popular Grandview shop vandalized over the weekend

Mike Thomas

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Staff at popular Grandview shop The Butcher and Grocer were met with an upsetting scene upon arriving at work Sunday morning. The glass front door of the shop was shattered, and cash stolen from inside.

Thanks to the mess caused by the break-in—and having no cash drawer to run a register—Butcher & Baker was forced to close for business Sunday. In spite of the setback, management clearly have not lost a sense of humor:

Butcher & Baker have regrouped and are operating for their usual hours. Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Grandview police.

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