Brand of ice cream linked to deadly listeria outbreak, CDC says

A recent listeria outbreak is linked to Big Olaf Ice Cream, an ice cream brand based out of Sarasota, Fla., According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

One person has died from the outbreak while 22 people were hospitalized. The outbreak has spanned 10 states.

The CDC said that health officials interviewed 17 of those who were sickened, and 14 of those sickened reported eating ice cream.

Out of the 13 who remembered what type of ice cream they ate, six of the people were able to name the brand, recalling that it was Big Olaf Ice Cream or a location that served the same brand of ice cream.

The company posted on social media Sunday regarding the outbreak, calling it “speculation” while at the same time adding that they were cooperating with all local authorities.

“For now it is only speculation as it is an ongoing investigation, our brand has not been confirmed to be linked to these cases …,” the company stated. “The original report we got from the Florida Department of Health on Friday July 1st, was that there are 23 cases reported … 6 out of the 23 patients mentioned having consumed Big Olaf ice cream, but nothing has been proven.”

Customers who have this brand of ice cream are being advised to throw it away, as well as clean and disinfect all items that may have touched the product.

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