Ice Cream Linked to Listeria Outbreak

July 15, 2022
An ice-cream processor in Florida is recalling all product after a listeria outbreak that killed an elderly woman and sickened 22 others.

An ice-cream processor in Florida is recalling all product after a listeria outbreak that killed an elderly woman and sickened 22 others.

Big Olaf Creamery, which had ceased production of ice cream earlier this month, recalled all its product after the Centers for Disease Control linked it to an outbreak of listeria in 10 states. The company’s distribution is mostly confined to Florida.

The product was implicated in the death of a 79-year-old woman from Illinois who, while visiting Florida, ate Big Olaf product at an ice-cream parlor and became fatally ill a week later. That woman’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Big Olaf, as has a Massachusetts woman who ate Olaf’s on a trip to Florida and subsequently was hospitalized and lost her pregnancy.

Big Olaf issued a statement on Facebook July 3 claiming that it has been cooperating with authorities but asserting that “our brand has not been confirmed to be linked to these cases.”

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