Flavors included vanilla, chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, pecan butter and more.
Sarasota, Florida – As the investigation into ice cream linked to the recent outbreak of listeria continues, new samples of ice cream tested from Big Olaf Creamery show that bacteria have been found within their product.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said that sampling products from the Big Olaf Creamery plant found that 16 of the 17 flavors tested tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Flavors included blueberry cheesecake, butter pecan, cardial, cherry, chocolate, chocolate chip, coconut, coconut, almond joy, cookie dough, brownie, cream, Kahlua Crunch, mint slices, pistachio, praline, ranch, superman, vanilla, and raspberry white chocolate.
The FDACS issued a halt to sales of 16 products where Listeria was found. The products were already part of a voluntary recall issued on July 12.
“Our department continues to work closely with our state and federal partners on this investigation and enforcement of the sale moratorium,” an FDACS spokesperson said in a statement.
In addition, there was a sample from the Big Olaf Creamery that state officials were waiting for results. It also turned out to be positive, so a total of 10 samples taken from the plant each tested positive for Listeria.
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10 Tampa Bay has contacted Big Olaf Creamery since the investigation linked the ice cream maker, but we have yet to receive a response.
Two court cases have been filed, one involving a Massachusetts woman who had a miscarriage.
As of July 13, 23 people from 10 states have been infected during the outbreak, the FDA said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 22 of those patients were hospitalized. The agency was able to interview 18 of these people, and they all said they had eaten ice cream before they got sick.
Among those who remembered details about the type of ice cream they ate, 10 said they had eaten Big Olaf Creamery or at places where this brand or brand would have served.
Twelve people who contracted the disease live in Florida, and nine others said they traveled to the Sunshine State before they fell ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that listeria can cause severe illness when the bacteria spreads outside the intestine to other parts of the body. Symptoms of severe illness usually begin within two weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria, but begin on the same day or as late as 70 days later.
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