A deadly listeria outbreak involving ice cream products from a Florida-based company sickened 25 people in nearly a dozen states and hospitalized nearly all of them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, the number of diseases is likely to be higher.
On Thursday, the CDC raised the number of illnesses potentially linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream products from 22 to 25. In all, 24 people have been hospitalised, and one person has died. According to the CDC, out of five people who became ill during pregnancy, “one person’s illness resulted in fetal loss.”
After being notified of the outbreak on July 1, Big Olaf Creamery says it “immediately ceased production and distribution of the ice cream product.” The company finally released a extensive memory July 13 for all flavors and all its ice cream products.
At the time the recall was announced, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that nine out of 100 environmental samples collected had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The agency ordered Big Olaf to stop using processing equipment where Listeria monocytogenes was found, which effectively ceased 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 senior homes and a location in Fredericksburg, Ohio, according to the recall notice.
“Big Olaf is cooperating fully with regulatory authorities to successfully return all suspicious products and requests retailers to stop selling and dispose of the product,” the company said. “Consumers who have purchased Big Olaf Ice Cream products should not consume these products and should immediately dispose of them.” living
According to the recall notice, healthy consumers may suffer from symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Listeria can result in “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other people with weakened immune systems.” It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.