Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Big Olaf Finally Pulls Ice Cream After Being Linked To Listeria Outbreak

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

The family business had initially resisted calls to recall its product, saying there was no definitive evidence its ice cream had caused 22 hospitalizations and the death of an elderly woman.

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

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

The Great Olaf Logo.
The ice cream is made and sold in Florida by “local Amish artisans,” according to the company’s website.
Big Olaf’s Dairy

Big Olaf has not commented since retirement.

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 legal documents.

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

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

Before agreeing to the withdrawal, Big Olaf issued a statement saying: “This is just speculation for now as this is an ongoing investigation, it has not been confirmed that our brand is linked to these cases, I’m not sure why.” that only Big Olaf is being mentioned and targeted.”

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

“Your message is not helping,” a user named Mack Willis wrote on the company’s Facebook page. “Words like ‘directed’ translate to minimizing, shifting responsibility, or blaming others.”

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