Florida Company Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Possible Listeria Contamination


THURSDAY, July 14, 2022 — Big Olaf Creamery said Wednesday that it is recalling all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

While healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms after infection — including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea — Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the company said in a statement posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

The products were sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida as well as to consumers in restaurants and senior homes and one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio, the company said. All flavors, lots, codes, and expiration dates through June 30 are included in the recall.

“Based on epidemiological information shared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials, Big Olaf may be a potential source of illness in an ongoing Listeria monocytogenes outbreak,” the company stated.

One person has died in the outbreak involving 10 states, while 22 have been hospitalized. Eighteen people reported eating ice cream, with 10 of those reporting eating Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream or eating at locations that might have been supplied by the Florida company.

“This is an ongoing investigation and other ice cream brands not related to Big Olaf were mentioned as a possible source as well,” the company noted. The statement added that the company has been cooperating with state and federal health officials since it was informed about the situation.

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