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Food and drinks

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Listeria monocytogenes

Company name:
Big Olaf Creamery, LLC
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Big Olaf Creamery of Sarasota, Florida is recalling all flavors and all batches of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria the infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

The product is sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida, as well as to restaurant and nursing home consumers, as well as a location in Fredericksburg, Ohio.

Big Olaf brand ice cream is sold to consumers in plastic pint containers, ½ gallon plastic containers and 2.5 gallon scoopable plastic tubs sold to independent retail stores. All flavors, lots, codes and all expiration dates up to 06/30/2022 are included in this recall.

Based on epidemiological information shared by the CDC and state officials, Big Olaf may be a potential source of illness in an ongoing Listeria monocytogenes outbreak.

On Friday, July 1, 2022, Big Olaf Creamery was notified of an outbreak investigation by the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and immediately ceased production and distribution of the ice cream product.

As of Friday, July 8, 2022, the CDC reported that a total of 23 people had been infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes from 10 states. Eighteen people interviewed reported eating ice cream, 10 reported eating Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream or eating at places that may have been supplied by Big Olaf Creamery. This is an ongoing investigation and other ice cream brands not associated with Big Olaf have also been mentioned as a possible source.

Big Olaf Creamery and all supplied retailers have not received any complaints regarding product defect or illness. As of July 1, 2022, no formal complaints have been filed with the Florida Department of Health.

Based on the information provided and the ongoing investigation, the company has ceased production and distribution of the ice cream product and is currently working with the FDA through a voluntary recall of the product.

Big Olaf is cooperating fully with regulatory authorities to successfully return all questionable products and has asked retailers to stop sales and dispose of the product. Consumers who have purchased Big Olaf Ice Cream products should not consume these products and should dispose of them immediately. All areas, containers and serving utensils that may have touched the ice cream should be cleaned.

Consumers who may have any questions about the recall can call 941-365-7483, Monday – Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

FDA Outbreak Press Release

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Rosie Peachey

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