Big Olaf started calling ice cream this weekend

Sarasota-based ice cream maker Big Olaf Creamery this weekend began pulling ice cream from store shelves after public health officials linked those products to a listeria outbreak.

Jeremy Redfern of the Florida Department of Health confirmed Saturday that a recall is underway, stressing that the company has halted production of ice cream products until health officials complete their investigation.

In a food safety warning Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Florida residents and businesses to immediately discard any ice cream produced by Big Olaf Creamery or any associated brands.

Big Olaf did not comment.

The company’s products are sold under various brand names and may still be on store shelves, according to the CDC. People in Florida should check with store staff before buying or eating ice cream if they are not sure where it came from.

Retail stores that may have sold Big Olaf Creamery products are listed on the company’s website.

Treasure Island’s Super Scoops ice cream shop closed immediately on July 1 after learning of the outbreak, and the store disposed of its supply of Big Olaf products and switched to another local provider.

The listeria outbreak is responsible for 23 diseases — including 22 hospitalizations and one death — in 10 states. Nearly all people live in or travel to Florida before they get sick. Six cases have been directly linked to Big Olaf, according to a statement on the company’s Facebook page.

At least the lawsuits regarding the outbreak are pending against Big Olaf Creamery.

About Listeria infection

Foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but it can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any product that has been recalled and develops symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their physicians about possible exposure to Listeria.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms of food poisoning over the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of a Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headaches, and a stiff neck. Specific lab tests are required to diagnose Listeria infection, which can mimic other diseases.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children and cancer patients Those with weakened immune systems are at particular risk of developing serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although she was pregnant withomen They may only experience mild flu-like symptoms, which can lead to infection sPremature birth, neonatal injury, or even stillbirth.

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