CDC links Sarasota ice cream maker to deadly listeria outbreak

Amid the investigation of the multistate Listeria outbreak, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning retailers selling ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery in Sarasota not to provide products to customers until further notice.

Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspected a link to Florida among 23 people who contracted listeria over the past week.

Now their suspicions appear to have been confirmed after the Florida Department of Health announced that Big Olaf voluntarily began telling retail customers to recall their products on Saturday.

Big Olaf Creamery lists six Sarasota County brick-and-mortar locations on its website, along with at least nine other retailers across the state, including Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop in St. Pete Beach, Twisty Treat on Pine Island Rd. In North Fort Myers, Super Scoops at Treasure Island, and Beverly Ice Cream in Clearwater Beach.

FOX 13 contacted a Big Olaf store about a listeria outbreak, however, staff were unaware of potential contact with Big Olaf products and the stores were operating as usual.

An Amish woman serving ice cream at Big Olaf Creamery. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the CDC’s website says public health officials continue to interview people about the foods they ate in the month before they fell ill.

“Of the 17 people interviewed, 14 (82%) reported that they ate ice cream. Of the 13 people who remembered details about the type of ice cream they ate, six reported eating Big Olaf Creamery or eating ice cream in places that might contain provided by Big Olaf Creamery,” the site says.

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The CDC has been looking at Florida as the likely source of the disease that has infected dozens of people from 10 states.

One Illinois person died, and another woman had a miscarriage.

Previous: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says new Listeria outbreak linked to 23 diseases, 1 death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said two of the 23 patients in 10 states were hospitalized, with one elderly death and another miscarriage of a Massachusetts woman.

Almost all patients live in or have traveled to Florida.

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