Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Food and Drug Administration said an outbreak of listeria in Big Olaf’s ice cream products that has infected nearly two dozen people in 10 states has forced the brand to recall all of its flavors and products this week.
The Food and Drug Administration said the outbreak resulted in one death, one fetus loss, and 22 hospitalizations.
Based on epidemiological information collected by the CDC and [Florida Department of Health]The Food and Drug Administration, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Big Olaf ice cream products are a potential source of disease in this outbreak.”
The FDA said that all “flavors, cuts, codes, and expiration dates through 6/30/2022 are included in this recall.” But she added that consumers and retailers should throw out the product, regardless of the “best by” or expiration date.
Cases have been reported in Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges companies that sold ice cream to “clean and disinfect any areas and equipment that may have touched “returned products,” including ice cream spoons and other serving utensils.
Big Olaf Creamery in Florida has halted production and distribution of ice cream after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigated the outbreak.
In announcing its withdrawal, the company said it was “fully cooperating with regulatory authorities to successfully return all suspicious products and asked retailers to halt sales and dispose of the product.”
Big Olaf Creamery of Sarasota has multiple store locations in Florida and sells them to retailers and restaurants throughout the state. The brand also has one location in Ohio.
“Product sampling results taken from the Big Olaf production facility last week by [the department] It was found that 16 of 17 flavors tested were positive for Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). “
According to the Florida Agency, Big Olaf ice cream flavors where listeria has been found in product samples include:
- Blueberry Cheese Pie
- butter pie
- cherry center
- chocolate chips
- Joy with Coconut and Almonds
- cake dough
- Biscuits and cream
- Kaloa Crunch
- mint chip
- Plantation Praline
- Raspberry white chocolate
“With these findings, the FDACS is currently issuing an official sales moratorium on 16 products where [Listeria] were found, which were previously part of a voluntary recall,” Moffett said. Moffett said the department is working with other state and federal agencies on the investigation, which is still ongoing.
Listeria can lead to life-threatening and potentially fatal infections of at-risk populations, including the young, the immunocompromised, or the elderly. Short-term symptoms in otherwise healthy people can include a high temperature, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Listeria infection can also lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.