According to the CDC’s statistics, listeria kills roughly 260 Americans annually. The CDC is now reporting that a Florida ice cream company is linked to the deadly outbreak of the listeria bacteria.
The ice cream produced by a Florida creamery has been connected to a deadly Listeria monocytogenes bacterial outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The agency issued a statement on Saturday advising “consumers who have Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream at home should throw away any remaining product,” pointing out that the company’s goods are only offered for sale in Florida.
Products from the Big Olaf Creamery are offered for sale across Florida at stores, fairs, markets, restaurants, and other locations. Sarasota’s PineCraft Amish Village is where the ice cream is produced.
According to Big Olaf’s website, “The ice cream is made at a small creamery in Sarasota’s Amish village of Pinecraft. Every tub of Big Olaf Ice Cream is hand mixed with the finest ingredients and is then churned in batch freezers by local Amish Craftsmen.”
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According to its statement, the CDC claims the business is now proactively contacting “retail locations to recommend against selling their ice cream products until further notice,” according to its statement. “Clean any areas, containers, and serving utensils that may have touched Big Olaf ice cream products.”
Prior to this, the CDC reported that the outbreak was responsible for 23 illnesses and one fatality.
According to the CDC’s statistics, listeria kills roughly 260 Americans annually. This is out of the yearly infection rate of 1,600 persons.
The most vulnerable groups to developing significant problems from bacterial infection are pregnant women, young children under the age of five, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems. The CDC states that listeria can potentially result in miscarriages and stillbirths.
These signs include a fever, aches in the muscles, nausea, and diarrhea. Antibiotics are effective in treating listeria.
Listeria symptoms can appear as soon as the same day after consuming contaminated food, but they often appear one to four weeks later.
“The infection can be passed to unborn babies, causing miscarriage, stillbirths and premature labor,” Sarasota Memorial Health Care System spokesperson Kim Savage told the Bradenton Herald.
According to CDC officials, the initial cases started in January of this year and persisted through June, when two more people fell ill.
A resident who lives close to Big Olaf Creamery expressed her amazement at the CDC’s claim.
“I haven’t heard anything in this village anything from our friends, people we know here,” Charity Lapp told WFLA.
The outbreak’s other specifics remain unknown.