More illnesses reported following listeria outbreak linked to ice cream maker

A deadly listeria outbreak linked to ice cream products from a Florida-based company has sickened 25 people in nearly a dozen states and hospitalized nearly all of them.

The number of illnesses, however, is likely higher, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Thursday, the CDC increased the number of illnesses potentially linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream products to 25 from 22. A total of 24 people were hospitalized and one person died. Of five people who became ill during pregnancy, “one person’s illness resulted in fetal loss,” according to the CDC.

After being notified of the outbreak on July 1, Big Olaf Creamery said it “immediately ceased production and distribution of the ice cream product.” The company finally issued a widespread recall for all flavors and lots of its ice cream products on July 13.

Around the time the recall was announced, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that nine of 100 environmental samples collected tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The CDC has increased the number of illnesses potentially linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream products to 25 from 22.

The agency ordered Big Olaf to stop using the processing equipment where listeria monocytogenes was found, which effectively shut down all operations even though the company had already done so.

The affected products were sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida as well as restaurants and retirement homes, and a location in Fredericksburg, Ohio, according to the recall notice.

“Big Olaf is fully cooperating with regulatory authorities to successfully return all suspect products and has asked retailers to stop sales and remove the products,” the company said. “Consumers who have purchased Big Olaf ice cream products should not consume these products and should discard them immediately.” living

According to the recall notice, healthy consumers may experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Listeria can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems,” the advisory said. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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