Deadly Listeria outbreak linked to ice cream | Health, Medicine and Fitness

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TUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked a recent Listeria ice cream outbreak made by Florida-based Big Olaf Creamery.

One person has died in the outbreak involving 10 states, while 22 have been hospitalized. The agency said health officials interviewed 17 of those who fell ill and 14 said they ate ice cream. Of the 13 who remembered the type of ice cream they ate, six identified the brand as Big Olaf Creamery or a place that serves that type of ice cream.

On Friday, the company voluntarily began contacting retail outlets recommending that they not sell their ice cream products, the CDC said. On Sunday, the company released its own statement on social media about the outbreak. “At this time this is just speculation as this is an ongoing investigation, our brand has not been confirmed to be related to these cases,” the company said. “The initial report we received from the Florida Department of Health on Friday, July 1, indicated that there were 23 reported cases…6 of 23 patients mentioned consuming Big Olaf ice cream, but nothing was proved.”

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The statement adds that the company has been cooperating with state and federal health authorities since being made aware of the situation.

Consumers who have Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream, which is sold only in Florida, should throw it away, the CDC said in its alert. Clean any areas, containers or serving utensils that may have touched the ice cream. Retailers who have purchased products from the brand should not serve it until further notice. Any equipment, ice cream scoops, serving utensils or areas that may have come in contact with ice cream should be cleaned.