Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ice Cream

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Posted August 4, 2022

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 25
  • Hospitalizations: 24
  • Deaths: 1
  • States: 11
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
Recalled Food

Big Olaf Creamery ice cream

  • The recalled ice cream was sold or served at Big Olaf retailers, restaurants, and senior homes in Florida, and in one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio.
  • All flavors, lots, and expiration dates through 6/30/2022 of Big Olaf brand ice cream products have been recalled.
  • Big Olaf brand ice cream was sold to consumers in plastic pint-size containers and plastic ½ gallon containers. The ice cream was sold to independent retail stores in plastic 2.5-gallon scoopable tubs.
What Everyone Should Do

Do not eat recalled Big Olaf Creamery ice cream.

  • If you have recalled Big Olaf Creamery ice cream at home, throw it away.

Clean any areas, containers, and serving utensils that may have touched recalled ice cream.

What Businesses Should Do

Do not serve or sell recalled Big Olaf Creamery ice cream.

  • Clean and disinfect any areas and equipment that may have touched recalled ice cream products, including ice cream scoops and other serving utensils.
What People at Higher Risk Should Do

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant people and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these Listeria symptoms:

  • Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
About Listeria
  • Listeria can cause severe illness (known as invasive listeriosis) when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body.
  • Pregnant people, adults 65 years or older, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness.
  • Symptoms of severe illness usually start within 2 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria, but may start as early as the same day or as late as 70 days after.
  • Listeria can also cause common food poisoning symptoms, like diarrhea and fever. People who experience these symptoms usually recover without treatment.
  • For more information about Listeria, see Listeria Questions and Answers.