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Big Olaf recalls ice cream after link to listeria outbreak

Florida ice cream maker Big Olaf has finally recalled its frozen treat after it was linked to an outbreak of listeria that killed one person and sickened nearly two dozen others, the Florida Department said. of Health.

The family-owned company initially resisted calls for a recall of its product, saying there was no definitive evidence that its ice cream caused 22 hospitalizations and the death of an elderly woman.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a warning on its website linking the company to a listeria outbreak and advising consumers to throw away the ice cream.

“The CDC is concerned that Big Olaf Creamery ice cream may still be in people’s homes or available for sale in stores,” the agency said on its website.

After the CDC warning, the Sarasota, Fla.-based company agreed to halt production and recall the ice cream, which is only sold in Florida and at 15 specialty parlors, as well as supermarkets. of state.

The ice cream is made and sold in Florida by “local Amish artisans,” according to the company’s website.
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Big Olaf has not commented since the recall.

Two lawsuits have been filed against the company, including by the family of Illinois resident Mary Billman, 79, who traveled to Florida and died of listeria, according to court documents.

Another woman suing Big Olaf claims she miscarried from listeria after eating the ice cream.

Listeria causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, nausea, and diarrhea.

Before accepting the recall, Big Olaf issued a statement saying: “At this time this is only speculation as this is an ongoing investigation, our brand has not been confirmed to be related to these cases, I don’t know why only Big Olaf is mentioned and targeted.

Consumers reacted with disgust, accusing the company of not doing enough to protect the public.

“Your post doesn’t help,” wrote a user named Mack Willis on the company’s Facebook page. “Words like ‘targeted’ come across as your minimization, shifting responsibility, or blaming others.”