According to an online news report posted on foodsafetynews.com, the Food and Drug Administration reported that recalled Big Olaf ice cream was recalled after the product was connected to a deadly outbreak of Listeria infections. In a recent FDA investigation, the agency is asking companies not to sell the recalled ice cream. The FDA also urges people not to eat any of the recalled ice creams and to dispose of the ice cream. The company initiated a recall of its Big Olaf ice cream, but the FDA reports that it has information that the recalled ice cream might be on sale at some unnamed businesses.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the FDA, are helping the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) and the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) in investigating a Listeria outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections connected with the ice cream manufactured by Big Olaf Creamery.
Media sources in the state of Florida have reported that state officials initiated an investigation of the company for about one year. Their most recent health inspection occurred on July 6. A Florida Department of Health spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health did not provide any comments concerning this situation.
The CDC reported 23 Listeria monocytogenes infections in ten states with one fatality. Five pregnant women reported becoming very ill, and one tragically miscarried her baby. The illnesses have been reported in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Eighteen people became ill after eating ice cream. Ten people reported eating the recalled Big Olaf Creamery ice cream or eating ice cream sold at a store where Big Olaf Creamery supplied ice cream. Twelve injured people are Florida residents, and nine injured people traveled to Florida, according to the FDA.
The owners of Big Olaf Creamery deny that their products are connected to the Listeria monocytogenes infections.
Ice cream contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes typically doesn’t smell or look spoiled. However, the contaminated food product can still cause life-threatening infections. Consumers who eat recalled products and develop Listeria infections should seek emergent medical attention and explain the possible Listeria exposure due to the recalled ice cream. Anyone who has consumed the recalled ice cream may not have symptoms for up to 70 days after the Listeria exposure.
Listeria infection symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, persistent fever, neck stiffness, and severe headaches. To diagnose a Listeria infection, specific lab tests are required.
Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people who have weakened immune systems are at risk of life-threatening infection, severe illnesses, and other complications. Infected pregnant women could suffer premature delivery, stillbirth, or newborn infections.
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