Listeria outbreak 2022: Big Olaf Creamery ice cream recalled amid outbreak investigation, says Florida Department of Health

SARASTA, Florida — Big Olaf Creamery has agreed to withdraw its ice cream products and halt production after a listeria outbreak was linked to the cream, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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This comes shortly after the Centers for Disease Control issued a second warning to customers urging them to avoid Big Olaf products, according to WWSB.

All flavors, cuts, codes and expiration dates up to 06/30/2022 are included in the returns. The recalled ice cream was sold or served at Big Olaf retailers, restaurants and seniors’ homes in Florida, and at one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio.

The alert, posted July 8, wrote a listeria outbreak that killed one person and admitted 22 more to Big Olaf Creamery during their ongoing investigation, so customers should throw away products and disinfect anything they touch.

The FDA, along with the CDC, is helping the Florida Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigate the listeria outbreak.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a press release earlier this month that Big Olaf Creamery had previously voluntarily contacted retail locations to recommend that they not sell their ice cream products. Officials said consumers who have Big Olaf Creamery’s brand ice cream at home should throw out any leftover product, regardless of the “Best By” date.

Listeria is a deadly bacteria that causes symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. It can be treated with antibiotics, but it is especially dangerous for pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say all 23 people known to have been infected in the outbreak either lived in or traveled to Florida about a month before they became ill. Big Olaf Creamery’s ice cream is produced at a central facility in Sarasota and then distributed to Big Olaf Creamery stores and other retailers.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is one of the most serious forms of food poisoning. Symptoms usually begin one to four weeks after eating contaminated food, but can begin as early as the same day. CDC officials said the first cases occurred in January of this year, but continued into June, when two people fell ill.

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

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