BUT listeria outbreak Federal authorities said on Saturday that the charge of one person’s death and 22 hospitalizations across 10 states was linked to ice cream made in Florida.
Big Olaf Creamery, a family-owned company based in Sarasota, Florida, sells ice cream exclusively in Florida. This was reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. Of those hospitalized, 10 were out-of-state and had visited Florida in the previous month, according to the CDC.
Infections associated with Big Olaf ice cream products have occurred within the past six months and have affected people ranging in age from one year to 92 years. CDC said. Five fell ill during pregnancy, one suffered a loss of the fetus.
Of the 17 people interviewed by the CDC, 14 said they ate ice cream. Six people reported eating ice cream made by Big Olaf or eating ice cream at a location where the brand’s products could be supplied.
Big Olaf ice cream is made by Amish artisans at an oil mill near Pinecraft, Sarasota. according to company website.
On Friday, Big Olaf began contacting outlets to recommend against selling the product, said the CDC, which advised shoppers to discard any remaining brand products. A full recall was not made.
Representatives for Big Olaf Creamery were not available for comment on Sunday.
The Listeria bacteria cause a disease that can be fatal. About 1,600 people become infected with listeriosis each year in the United States from contaminated food.
Infections can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea, which usually begin about two weeks after ingestion of food containing the bacteria, although onset can vary, according to the CDC. Severe cases may take months to develop The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Past outbreaks of Listeria have been linked to unpasteurized milk and ice cream, undercooked poultry and raw vegetables, according to the FDA. The elderly, pregnant women and newborns, and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease.
About one in five people with listeriosis dies, according to the CDC. The infection is especially dangerous during pregnancy, causing fetal loss in about 20 percent of cases.
The number of people affected by listeria outbreaks is generally higher than reported, according to the CDC.