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More illnesses reported from listeria outbreak tied to ice cream maker

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A deadly listeria outbreak tied to a Florida-based company’s ice cream products has sickened 25 people in nearly a dozen states and hospitalized just about all of them. 

The variety of illnesses, though, is probably going higher, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Thursday, the CDC increased the variety of illnesses potentially linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream products to 25 from 22. In total, 24 people have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Out of 5 individuals who got sick during their pregnancy, “one person’s illness resulted in a fetal loss,” in accordance with the CDC. 

After being informed of the outbreak on July 1, Big Olaf Creamery says it “immediately ceased production and distribution of the ice cream product.” The corporate finally issued a widespread recall for all flavors and all numerous its ice cream products on July 13.  

Across the time the recall was announced, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that nine of the 100 environmental samples collected had tested positive for listeria monocytogenes. 

The CDC increased the variety of illnesses potentially linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream products to 25 from 22. Yelp

The agency ordered Big Olaf to stop using processing equipment where the listeria monocytogenes were found, which effectively shut down all operations although the corporate had already done so. 

The affected products were sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida in addition to in restaurants and senior homes, and one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio, in accordance with the recall notice. 

“Big Olaf is cooperating fully with regulatory authorities to successfully return all suspected products and has requested retailers to stop sales and get rid of product,” the corporate said. “Consumers who’ve purchased Big Olaf Ice Cream Products shouldn’t devour these products and get rid of them immediately.” living

Healthy consumers can suffer from symptoms comparable to high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, in accordance with the recall notice.

Listeria can lead to “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” the notice read. It could also cause miscarriages and stillbirths amongst pregnant women.

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